Stark & Stark is representing individuals from the tractor trailer crash that occurred in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. The driver of a tractor-trailer collided with multiple vehicles as he drove through Tamaqua.
Borough police said Levi Horst, New Holland, was traveling south on state Route 309/North Railroad Street at about 2:40 p.m. when his truck crashed into the rear of a vehicle driven by Cindy Hutta, of Coaldale, in the 400 block of North Railroad Street, disabling it. As Horst continued south, his rig hit a parked car that was pushed up onto a sidewalk and almost into a home at 409 N. Railroad Street, police said, and then hit another vehicle from behind twice. That vehicle, driven by Mark Zimmerman, of Lansford, was hit first in the 300 block of North Railroad Street and the second time in the 100 block of North Railroad.
A fourth vehicle - a pickup truck driven by Kirk Oldt, of Tamaqua - then was hit on the passenger side, damaging the right rear and mirror, police said. Oldt told police he was able to move his truck and followed the tractor-trailer south, and said he didn't see it hit any more vehicles.
When the tractor-trailer approached the Five Points intersection, however, it entered the left-turn lane and went through a steady red light, continuing south, and crashed into the rear of a vehicle driven by Kathleen Winn, of Tamaqua, police said. The impact disabled the tractor-trailer and caused a chain-reaction crash.
Police said Winn's vehicle hit the rear of a pickup truck driven by James Murphy, of Tamaqua, which in turn hit the rear of a vehicle driven by Jodi Olesh, of Coaldale. Police stated Winn was taken by ambulance to a helipad at Tamaqua Area High School and flown to St. Luke's hospital in Bethlehem.
Mark Zimmerman and his passenger, Cynthia Zimmerman, drove themselves to St. Luke's Miners Campus in Coaldale for neck pain after the crash, police said, while Olesh drove herself to the same hospital for back pain. Horst was taken to St. Luke's in Coaldale for treatment of a head injury and it is suspected he suffered a medical emergency while driving, police said.
Attorneys at Stark & Stark are actively investigating this matter. If any individuals have additional information, please contact us at 1-800-535-3425 or online at injury.stark-stark.com.