Pa. ambulance involved in fatal 3-vehicle crash

State police said that the deceased person was not in the ambulance and that another person was transported to a hospital


By Frank Andruscavage
Republican & Herald

LEHIGH COUNTY, Pa. — A Minersville EMS ambulance was involved in a crash in Lehigh County that claimed one life and sent another person to a hospital.

The crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Route 309 in Lynn Twp., just north of Mountain Road and about 2 miles south of the Schuylkill County line.

State police at Fogelsville released little information on the crash, saying only that it involved the ambulance and two other vehicles.

The person killed was not in the ambulance, police said. No information was provided on the person who was transported to a hospital.

Police said the crash occurred as a car was traveling north on Route 309 and collided with an SUV that was traveling south.

The ambulance was traveling south behind the SUV and became involved in the crash, police said.

Lehigh County Coroner Daniel A. Buglio said a 58-year-old Allentown man, whom he did not identify, was pronounced dead at 1:40 p.m. at the scene.

Buglio said the man was the driver of one of the other vehicles in the crash, not the ambulance.

The cause of death was attributed to multiple traumatic crash injuries, the coroner said. The death was ruled accidental.

Buglio said the name of the victim will be released as soon as next of kin are notified.

Both north and southbound lanes of Route 309 were closed for about three hours.

Assisting with the investigation are members of the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office and the state police Troop M Forensic Services Unit and its crash reconstruction specialist.

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