Township truck involved in fatal accident
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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
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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.
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.