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City of Allentown

Elderly Female Killed After Cars Strikes Her At Popular Restaurant

August 17, 2014 at 8:35PM

Elderly Female Killed After Cars Strikes Her At Popular Restaurant

Around 18:30 hours Sunday evening, Allentown Fire Radio transmitted rescue box 2547 for 1725 Chew Street at the Ritz for an auto extrication. Arriving on location, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) found a car against the restaurant wall with a body of an elderly female pinned between the car and building. A medic on the scene pronounced her D.O.A.

Additional medic units were requested for three additional patients who were all transported to Saint Lukes Allentown with minor injuries. Engine 9 remained on the scene while the battalion chief and the other equipment were released and returned to quarters.

The driver of the car, an elderly male, accidentally put the car in reverse instead of drive and backed into the building.

The accident is under investigation by the Allentown Police Department.

First four photos by Photographer Dennis Wetherhold Jr. and the bottom photo by Photographer Mike Nester of NVP.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown    Fatality  


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PRE-ARRIVAL VIDEO:  DEADLY ACCIDENT KILLS 1 PERSON ON RT. 22 IN LEHIGH COUNTY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

May 29, 2014 at 12:27AM

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At 20:25, Whitehall Rescue 5, Squad 1 and Engine 11 were sent to Rt. 22 westbound just before the Fullerton Avenue interchange for an auto extrication.

Deputy Chief Shambo arrives and reports the driver is D.O.A.

Squad 1 arrives and stretches a hand line for safety due to a fuel spill. Rescue 5 arrives and positions along side of the squad.

Fire department members stood by while State Police investigated the accident. Rt. 22 was closed at Airport Road. The highway was closed for at least 5 hours.

The video starts before the arrival of the fire department. We show the trucks approaching the scene along with close up shots of the accident scene.

Tags:   Accident   Fatality   Whitehall, PA.  


Berks County

FIERY CRASH ON INTERSTATE 78 KILLS 3 - CLOSES HIGHWAY FOR HOURS

May 12, 2014 at 10:00PM

Greenwich, PA. — At 1:15 PM Monday, Berks County Station 46 and Lehigh County Stations 51 and 25 were dispatched to Interstate 78 eastbound mile marker 41.4 between Krumsville and the New Smithville exit for a crash with multiple cars, a tractor trailer and fire.

A total of 5 vehicles were involved with the tractor trailer. The Tractor trailer and at least 4 cars were burning when the fire department arrived. The highway was shut down in both directions while firefighters battled the fires and attended to victims.

A total of 3 people were killed in the aftermath. The interstate was closed past 23:00 hours while investigators worked the scene.

Video and photos by Mike Nester of NVP. You can see all of his photos here.

Tags:   Accident   Berks County   Fatality  


City of Allentown

FEMALE RESCUED FROM 2ND FLOOR PRONOUNCED DEAD AT SCENE OF 2-ALARM FIRE ON ADAMS ISLAND

March 26, 2014 at 10:03PM

At 14:15 hours Wednesday, Engines 13, 6, 9, 14 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion Chief 43 were sent on box 3342 for 56 Adams Island on a reported house fire. Battalion 43 could see heavy black smoke as they turned out on Chew Street in Center City.

Engine 13 arrives and signals a fully-involved 2-story dwelling with a report of people trapped. The report was a woman on the second floor in a closet. Firefighters stretched a hand line into operation while members went to the second floor to conduct a search for the female.

A second hand line was stretched to the rear of the dwelling for heavy fire on the exterior. The Battalion Chief ordered the hand lines protect the members on the second floor conducting the search.

As members frantically searched the second floor, 43 arrived and transmitted a second alarm and ordered all members out of the dwelling due to deteriorating conditions. Firefighters made one last attempt searching on the second floor before evacuating. The push paid off, the female was found and was brought down via a ground ladder to Paramedics. Despite the rescue, the female was pronounced dead at the scene.

Once all firefighters were evacuated and accounted for, Ladder 2 set up and used their elevated master stream to darken down the bulk of the fire. Portions of the dwelling collapsed.

Assigned to the second alarm was Engine 4 and Engine 10. Volunteer companies were sent to city firehouses to cover the city in case of another fire. Allentown Battalion 5 was placed in-service to cover calls in the city.

The Fire Marshal's office was on the scene investigating into the night looking for a cause of the fire.

One firefighter received minor burns and was transported to the hospital.

The above video and photos by Mike Nester and the video below is by Jay Wagner.




Tags:   2nd Alarm   Allentown    Fatality   House Fire  


Northampton County

FATAL FIRE: 1 PERSON FOUND DEAD INSIDE BURNING HOME IN HANOVER TOWNSHIP, PA

February 18, 2014 at 2:13AM

Approximately 21:35 hours Monday night, Hanover Township Northampton County Fire was sent to 1930 Mark Twain Circle for a house fire with entrapment.

Command quickly upgraded the tactical box to a full 1st alarm bringing with it multiple fire companies from surrounding municipalities. Catasauqua Rescue 2 was the designated F.A.S.T. company.

First arriving members found a victim inside the dwelling but was D.O.A. Companies stretched multiple hand lines. The fire went defensive almost immediately. Hanover Tower Ladder 15-21 was put into service with its elevated master stream.

Companies remained on scene for over 4 hours dousing the flames. The Coroners office was on the scene. At the time of this writing, one person was confirmed dead and until firefighters can get in the fire building to do a thorough search, it will be unknown if other people were inside the home.

Tags:   Fatality   House Fire   Northampton County  


City of Easton

TRIPLE FATAL FIRE:  3 DEAD IN SPRING GARDEN STREET FIRE EARLY MONDAY MORNING

September 30, 2013 at 2:39AM

At 01:45 hours Monday morning, Easton Fire Department was summoned to 724 Spring Garden Street for a house fire. On arrival companies found fire venting from the 2nd floor windows of a 3-story duplex. There were reports of multiple people trapped.

EMS command requested additional EMS units to the scene.

Hand lines were stretched to the fire floor and within minutes, the fire was darkened down. Searches came up positive on the #2 and #3 floors where firefighters found the deceased victims. One of the victims was a child. One female was rescued and rushed to an awaiting ambulance. She was rushed to a local hospital. It appeared that she had burns to the lower half of her body.

The fire is under investigation. Video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Easton City, PA   Fatality   House Fire  


Northampton County

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH ON SCHOENERSVILLE ROAD

September 11, 2013 at 11:59AM

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH ON SCHOENERSVILLE ROAD

Hanover, Pa. - Hanover Station 15 responded to the intersection of Stoke Park and Schoenersville Road around 22:20 hours Tuesday night for a motorcycle accident.

William Valentin, 22, of Upper Saucon Township was killed after his bike collided with a PT Cruiser. He was rushed to the trauma center where he was later pronounced dead.

William was a member of the Coopersburg Volunteer Fire Department in Lehigh County. The crash was ruled an accident.

Photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Fatality   Northampton County  


Lehigh County

FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE MAN FROM POND BUT LATER DIES FROM HIS INJURIES

September 02, 2013 at 6:14PM




North Whitehall, Pa. -Just before 15:30 Monday afternoon, rescue workers and divers were dispatched to the Grouse Hall Pond at 3335 Levans Road for a 40 year-old male that fell into the pond. Rescue workers successfully found the man under water and pulled him from the pond before emergency divers arrived. They performed CPR on him before rushing him to the back of the awaiting ambulance. He died from his injuries.

Fire Station 22, EMS 67 and Whitehall Township Dive Team were on the scene.

Tags:   Fatality   Lehigh County   Water Rescue  


City of Allentown

MAN KILLED WHEN CAR HITS TREE ON M.L.K. DRIVE

August 08, 2013 at 7:50PM

MAN KILLED WHEN CAR HITS TREE ON M.L.K. DRIVE

Allentown, Pa. - Late Wednesday night a car drove off Martin Luther King Drive just west of the hump bridge and struck a tree on the bank of the Little Lehigh Creek.

The call came into the 9-1-1 center as a car into the water. Engines 10. 9. 11, the boat and the dive team were sent to the location. Police arrived and requested the fire department to expedite.

The man was pinned in the vehicle and died result of his injuries. He was identified as a 52 year-old man from Lower Macungie Township.

Photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown    Fatality  


City of Allentown

HOMICIDE:  BOY GUNNED DOWN AND KILLED IN CENTER CITY.  POLICE INVESTIGATE BLOODY SCENE

August 06, 2013 at 1:27AM

HOMICIDE:  BOY GUNNED DOWN AND KILLED IN CENTER CITY.  POLICE INVESTIGATE BLOODY SCENE

Allentown, Pa. - Police and EMS responded to a report of a shooting around 23:50 Monday night on Oak Street in the area of North 10th Street.

When police arrived, they found a person down in the middle of Oak Street just east of tenth. EMS placed a blanket over the bloody body. Police now say it was a 16 year-old boy who was murdered.

Lehigh County Coroners office and the District Attorneys office were also called to the scene.

A man and a women arrived later and the women was screaming she wanted to see her son.

Police placed a person of interest in the back of a police car. It is unknown what role this man played in the shooting.

Top two photos by Mike Nester of N.V.P.

Tags:   Allentown    Fatality   Police   Shooting