Town­ship truck in­volved in fatal ac­ci­dent

The Ambler Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin

A mo­tor­cy­clist was killed in an ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing an Up­per Dublin Town­ship trash truck early Mon­day DfWHUnRRn, Dc­cRUGLnJ WR Rf­ficLDOV.

3ROLcH Rf­ficHUV UHVSRnGHG WR WKH ac­ci­dent at the in­ter­sec­tion of Bethlehem Pike and Hagues Mill Road in the Ambler sec­tion of Up­per Dublin Town­ship shortly af­ter 1 p.m.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from Up­per Dublin po­lice, “The ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cates that the trash truck was trav­el­ing north on Bethlehem Pike and was mak­ing a right turn onto Hagues Mill Road. The mo­tor­cy­cle was also trav­el­ing north on Bethlehem Pike and struck the trash truck on the right side as the truck made its turn. The mo­tor­cy­cle along with its op­er­a­tor came to rest un­der the trash truck. There was no pas­sen­ger on the mo­tor­cy­cle.”

The body of the mo­tor­cy­cle driver, along with the mo­tor­cy­cle, ap­peared to be pinned un­der­neath the truck af­ter the crash.

Po­lice said the Mont­gomery County coro­ner pro­nounced the driver of the mo­tor­cy­cle dead at the VcHnH, WKRuJK LGHnWL­ficDWLRn Rf WKH body would not be re­leased un­til

fam­ily mem­bers were no­ti­fiHG.

The trash truck was car­ry­ing two peo­ple, whose names were not re­leased, but were not injured in the ac­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The crash is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice said.

Up­per Dublin po­lice said they were as­sisted by the cort Wash­ing­ton cire Com­pany and Ambler po­lice, wKLlH WUDI­fiF DlRnJ BHWKle­hem was blocked off for hours be­tween But­ler Pike and Tennis Av­enue.

Dur­ing the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion pe­riod, Up­per Dublin Town­ship Man­ager Paul Leonard had con- fiUPHG WKHUH KDG EHHn D fa­tal­ity re­sult­ing from the ac­ci­dent, and he said the county would be han­dling the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­ci­dent be­cause of the in­volve­ment of a town­ship ve­hi­cle.

Af­ter Mont­gomery County de­tec­tives ar­rived at the scene, they per­formed an ac­ci­dent re­con­struc­tion for about an hour, af­ter which the body of the mo­tor­cy­clist was taken away by the coro­ner and po­lice be­gan clear­ing the area.

Roni Malanowski, of Ambler, said she heard what “sounded like a truck hit­ting the dip” in the road at the in­ter­sec­tion at Hagues Mill Road but didn’t look to see what had hap­pened un­til she heard a neigh­bor out­side scream­ing. She said ev­ery­thing sounded nor­mal be­cause many trucks make the same sound when they hit the same dip in the road.

Many other res­i­dents said they were shocked but hadn’t seen or heard what had hap­pened un­til af­ter­ward.

Gazette staff photo by BOB RAINES

Emer­gency per­son­nel await the ar­rival of the Mont­gomery County De­tec­tives to do an ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the coro­ner to ex­am­ine and re­move the body of the mo­tor­cy­clist.

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