Traffic laws provide rules for drivers in an effort to reduce the number of accidents in a given situation. Highway intersections can pose serious risks when drivers fail to see other motorists, or fail to yield at the intersection. Cars traveling at highway speeds carry a great deal of inertia, and drivers may not be able to slow sufficiently to avoid a crash if a driver pulls out to merge onto the highway in the path of another vehicle.
A corporal with the state police at Schuylkill Station says that a 57-year-old Auburn, Pennsylvania, woman suffered serious injuries in a Wednesday morning crash along Route 61.
Authorities say that the Auburn woman was traveling north on Route 61 around 11:15 a.m. when a woman driving a Ford Explorer attempted to make a left-hand turn onto southbound Route 61 from Brick Hill Road in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania.
Police say that the Explorer pulled in front of the car driven by the Auburn woman, who was not able to avoid the turning sport utility vehicle. Several motorists stopped to lend assistance after the serious car wreck.
One of the first to stop reportedly is a nurse and paramedic from Wilkes-Barre. He says that the Auburn woman was alert in the immediate aftermath of the wreck, but was experiencing pain in her chest. He says that her legs were also swollen.
A Tower City man also stopped to help. He held the Auburn woman’s neck stable until emergency crews could respond. Police say that the woman suffered significant injuries, according to the Republican Herald.
Emergency personnel arrived and provided the Auburn woman treatment for roughly 10 minutes before seeking to pull her out of the damaged Ford Fusion. A helicopter was dispatched to fly the injured woman to Lehigh Valley for treatment.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Explorer reportedly was able to get out of her SUV under her own power. She was transported to Schuylkill Medical Center to be evaluated. Law enforcement says that the Orwigsburg woman driving the Explorer will receive a citation for the crash.