3 people hurt in Lower Macungie crash

3 people hurt in Lower Macungie crash

There are 12 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 19, 2009, titled 3 people hurt in Lower Macungie crash. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Three people were transported to the hospital following an accident Wednesday morning on the Route 222 bypass in Lower Macungie township.

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Jade

Macungie, PA

#1 Mar 19, 2009
We always said that there is going to be an accident in that strangely designed area. I guess they should have closed the road in front of the Charcoal Diner and forced all the traffic on Hamilton to make a left at Kessler and then a right to get onto the bypass.
Poison Pen

Kutztown, PA

#2 Mar 19, 2009
The comment made by Jade is very good since everyone you talk to agrees, what kind of traffic engineer would design such a accident waiting to happen intersection. This is an easy fix. The question is; how many deaths from accidents will have to occur before they change it. Come on Penn Dot, wake up and spend some time at these traffic hazards to see why they fail.
Ashley

Kernersville, NC

#3 Mar 19, 2009
Jade, isn't your suggestion exactly what the car was doing when it was hit in this accident? How exactly would that make this intersection safer???
Tom Wells

United States

#4 Mar 19, 2009
In my travel job I often had to stay in Foglesville and drive over the hill to East Greenville.
Macungie has a lot of dangerous curves and intersections, some which would require building teardowns and road straightening to make safe.
The funneling of 4 lanes into 2 lanes in an area with so much growth is a sure way to create accidents as drivers try to outsmart each other and beat the traffic signals.
Lehigh Guy

Columbus, OH

#5 Mar 19, 2009
Do you all really believe that the government officials who run things "want" roadways to be safer? Accidents unfortunately mean deaths and injuries, but at the same time it keeps the attorneys, doctors, health insurance companies, hospitals, jails and courts back pockets fat. Safer roads would mean less income for them, not to mention that actually placing a roadway under construction to make it safer would mean state dollars to make it happen. They can only tax us so much.
Read the fine print

United States

#6 Mar 19, 2009
The accident happened while it was still dark. That intersection needs to be illuminated. How many accidents will it take to get that?

Aside from that, it happened more than 24 hours ago and the story in "today's" Morning Call is hardly different from that on yesterday's Web site. There was a time when a police reporter would be expected, as part of his or her job, to bird-dog information for a full story for the next day's paper. Instead, we get a rehash.
Common Sense

Allentown, PA

#7 Mar 19, 2009
Wow - this intersection is horrible. I live near there, and am constantly getting cut off when I try to merge left and the bypass traffic fights to go right to get on 78. Absolutely idiotic arrangement, though the rest of the bypass is wonderful (except the stupid 45 mph speed limit).

When they decide to redesign this death trap, they should also redesign the Rt 22 / 7th street interchange. If traffic from 7th street merged on the west side and a ramp was created to merge 22's traffic going to 7th street on the east side, it would alleviate all that congestion every morning on 22. That and Fullerton Ave are the only parts of the highway screwing things up for the commute.
Rehashed News

Bethlehem, PA

#8 Mar 19, 2009
The MC has so few reporters left, that they constantly re-run the exact same story for days. Take a look at the photo album for today. It contains 45 pictures, all but a dozen of which have appeared before. This paper is on its last legs.

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Since: Nov 07

Bethlehem

#9 Mar 19, 2009
Lehigh Guy wrote:
Do you all really believe that the government officials who run things "want" roadways to be safer? Accidents unfortunately mean deaths and injuries, but at the same time it keeps the attorneys, doctors, health insurance companies, hospitals, jails and courts back pockets fat.
Don't forget Poulation Control.
Jack

Allentown, PA

#10 Mar 19, 2009
Everybody in a hurry, all the time, and not paying attention. SO MUCH could be avoided if people just took their time, paid attention, and gave a little courtesy on the roads.
Trexlertown resident

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Mar 19, 2009
does anyone know who the people were in the accident - and why hasn't MC reported that?
Civil Engineer

Allentown, PA

#12 Mar 19, 2009
At the risk of an unprofessional sounding post...this really IS a stupid design. Yes, I know it's more costly, but there should definately be grade separation here.

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