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Schnecksville man extricated from SUV following single-vehicle North Whitehall Township crash



A 49-year-old man from Schnecksville was driving a 2011 Ford Explorer when it struck a utility pole at 7:35 p.m. April 29 on Route 873, North Whitehall.

According to State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, the SUV was traveling northbound on Route 873, south of Washington Street, when the driver lost control of his vehicle causing it to travel over the white fog line onto the right shoulder before striking the utility pole.

The SUV then continued straight off the roadway into a yard, struck a mailbox, then continued straight approximately 25 feet before striking a tree and continuing straight approximately 5 feet before coming to a final rest against a tree facing northwest, police say.

According to police, the driver, who was wearing his seat belt, suffered injuries of unknown severity.

He was transported by Northern Valley Ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Police allege he was driving at an unsafe speed.

PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS WETHERHOLD JR. Emergency crews from North Whitehall Township were dispatched around 7:35 p.m. April 29 for a vehicle accident with entrapment on Route 873 and Washington Streets, North Whitehall.
A Schnecksville man was trapped in his SUV after it sheered off a telephone pole, went through a yard and came to rest against a tree.
Two volunteer firefighters help free the 49-year-old male driver from his 2011 Ford Explorer.
Volunteer firefighters work to free the driver from his 2011 Ford Explorer after it struck a utility pole and some trees 7:35 p.m. April 29 on Route 873, North Whitehall Township.