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Lehigh Twp. police report on crashes

Lehigh Township police have reported on several crashes that took place March 31.

• At 12:47 p.m., police investigated a three-vehicle crash on Route 248 at Timberline Road. A brown Honda Civic, driven by Sharon Tiwold, of Lehigh Township, was traveling east on Route 248, attempting to turn left onto Timberline Road, when a red Subaru Forester, driven by Ashley Balliet, of Andreas, rear-ended the Honda and traveled into the oncoming lane of Route 248 and collided head-on with a white Ford Escape, driven by Anthony Stehly, of Nazareth. Balliet was cited for careless driving and operating a vehicle with expired inspections. No injuries requiring treatment were reported. The Honda Civic and Ford Escape were towed from the scene.

• At 12:51 p.m., police investigated a two-vehicle crash on Route 248 at Walnut Drive. A white Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by Waynard Neff, of Danielsville, entered Route 248 from Walnut Drive. Neff’s vehicle was struck by a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup traveling westbound on Route 248, driven by Robert Andraukaitis, of Danielsville. Neff was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill, with serious injuries. Andraukaitis was transported to St. Luke’s with undisclosed injuries. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the crash should call Sgt. John Henry at 610-760-8800.

• Police also investigated a one-vehicle crash on Route 248 (4176 Lehigh Drive) that occurred when a brown Chrysler 200, operated by Chase Degeneste, of Nazareth, left the roadway and struck a house at 4176 Lehigh Drive. The crash is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.

“This is not indicative of current crash trends in Lehigh Township,” Police Chief Scott Fogel said. “Crashes are down approximately 40 percent this year so far and have been down over 35 percent for the past three years with no fatal crashes since the inception of Vision Zero.”

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. It aims to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries involving road traffic in Lehigh Township.