Hamburg area State Police reports

Hit and Run in Tilden Twp.

Pennsylvania State Police report that an unknown driver was traveling west on Old Route 22 presumably in the right lane of travel in the 1400 block of Hex Highway in Tilden Twp. on Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. For an unknown reason the driver allowed the vehicle to exit the right lane, crossing the double yellow and entered into the eastbound traffic lane. It then exited the eastbound lane and entered onto the shoulder. The vehicle then impacted against a large wood pile and a wooden fence at a residence in the 1400 block of Hex Highway. The vehicle then became disabled along the should. The driver fled the scene without notifying the property owner or police and left the vehicle at the scene. Patriot’s Towing assisted on the scene. The vehicle is a 2002 Nissan Sentra.

Criminal Mischief and Trespassing at The Hamburg Center

Pennsylvania State Police report that unknown person(s) trespassed onto the Hamburg Center land in Windsor Twp. between Feb. 27-28 and 10 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and caused damage to the property. The unknown person(s) appear to have driven a vehicle at a garage door on the “root cellar.” It appeared that the unknown person(s) struck the garage door with an unknown object in an attempt to further open it. It is unknown if the unknown person(s) entered the root cellar. The unknown person(s) then proceeded to the implement shed and removed the steel bar from in front of the door. It is unknown if the shed was entered. The unknown person(s) then fled in an unknown direction. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Hamburg Station at 610-562-6885.

Burglary in Upper Bern Twp.

Pennsylvania State Police report that unknown person(s) entered a residence in the 3000 block of Mountain Road in Upper Bern Twp. on Feb. 27 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The crime occurred as the unknown person(s) entered the residence by kicking in the south garage window which had been boarded up from a previous burglary that occurred on Jan. 6. The unknown person(s) then used the victim’s wooden handled hammer to break the dead bolt lock of the interior garage door and entered the residence. A 60” Vizio LED television was stolen. The unknown person(s) then presumably fled through the north patio door. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Hamburg Station at 610-562-6885.

Two vehicle accident on I-78 in Tilden Twp.

Pennsylvania State Police report that a 2011 Freightliner driven by Jorge E. Valdez, 46, of Elizabeth, NJ, was traveling west in the right lane of Interstate 78 at mile marker 26 in Tilden Twp. on Feb. 27 at 10:08 a.m. Another vehicle was traveling in front of Valdez. For undetermined reasons, Valdez lost control of the vehicle and struck the rear of the front vehicle. After impact the front vehicle pulled over while Valdez’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and rolled onto its left side, impacted the embankment and flipped onto its right side. The vehicle came to rest on the north embankment on its right side.

Valdez was freed from the vehicle by fire personnel using mechanical means and was flown to Reading Hospital. Hamburg Fire and Ambulance and Medivac assisted at the scene.

Two tractor trailers involved in accident on I-78 in Upper Bern Twp.

Pennsylvania State Police report that an accident happened between a 2013 and 2006 Freightliner on Interstate 78 near mile marker 22.5 in Upper Bern Twp. on Feb. 25 at 9:39 p.m. Adjei Mensah, 37, of Bronx, NY, was traveling westbound on Interstate 78 in the right lane of travel while approaching mile marker 22.5. John B. Ham, Jr., 48, of Baltimore, MD, was traveling westbound in the right lane as well. Mensah failed to pay attention to the roadway and impacted against Ham’s rear trailing unit with the front bumper. After the crash, the vehicles continued to mile marker 22.3 where final rest was accomplished along the north shoulder of the westbound lane. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts and were not injured as a result of the crash. Mensah’s vehicle was towed from the scene due to disabling heavy front end damage. Ham’s vehicle was able to be safely driving from the scene.

VJ Wood Recovery assisted on the scene.

Hit and run in Windsor Twp.

Pennsylvania State Police report that a hit and run crash occurred on Interstate 78 in the area of mile marker 31 in Windsor Twp. on Feb. 24 at 3:25 p.m. Christine R. Sperber, 24, of Minersville, was traveling in the left lane of Interstate 78 westbound in the vicinity of mile marker 31 when an unknown driver in a Chevrolet Silverado made a pass around her vehicle to the right and as the Silverado came back into the left lane, the rear end of the vehicle clipped the right front of Sperber’s vehicle. Following the collision the unknown driver fled the scene to travel north onto Route 61 at exit 29. The vehicle was a newer model, dark red or maroon Chevy Silverado driven by a small in stature white male approximately 30 years of age with short dark hair.

Two vehicle accident closes Old 22 for 30 minutes

Pennsylvania State Police report that a two vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Hex Highway (Old Route 22) and Fisher Dam Road in Tilden Twp. on Feb. 24 at 5:04 p.m. Jareth D. Monroe, 28, of Hamburg, was traveling westbound in the right lane of travel on Hex Highway while approaching Fisher Dam Road. Courtney L. Rutt, 37, of Hamburg, was traveling eastbound in the right lane of travel while approaching Fisher Dam Road. Monroe, in an attempt to turn left onto Fisher Dam Road, turned directly into the path of Rutt. A collision occurred at Rutt’s front bumper impacted against Monroe’s 2005 Nissan Altima in the front bumper area. At the collision, Monroe’s Altima came to rest in the westbound lane blocking the lane of travel. Rutt’s 2004 Chevrolet Colorado came to rest along the south side shoulder of the eastbound lane. Monroe was wearing his seat belt, but was transported by Hamburg EMS to Leigh Valley Medical Center for a minor injury to his head. Rutt was wearing a seat belt and sustained a minor abrasion on the hand. Monroe’s vehicle was towed from the scene by Bridegam’s Towing due to disabling damage. Rutt’s was able to be driven from the scene with functional damage.

The westbound lane was temporarily shut down from approximately 30 minutes due to the blockage of Monroe’s vehicle.

Hamburg EMS, Hamburg Fire Police and Bridegam’s Towing assisted on scene.

Two vehicle accident in Upper Tulpehocken Twp.

Pennsylvania State Police report that a two vehicle crash occurred on Route 183 at its intersection with Interstate 78 in Upper Tulpehocken Twp. on Feb. 22 at 5:30 a.m. John Olenick, Jr., 54, of Pottsville,was traveling northbound on Route 183. The roadway at the time of the crash had ice patches. As Olenick’s 2005 Jeep Cherokee was traveling southbound, it crossed over a spot of slick roadway and Olenick began to lose control. The vehicle crossed over the center line and into the lane of travel of a 2014 Toyota Corolla driven by Mark A. Pennypacker, 34, of West Lawn. Initial impact occurred when the front end of Pennypacker’s vehicle struck Olenick’s vehicle at the passenger side rear door causing Olenick’s vehicle to overturn. Olenick’s vehicle came to rest on its passenger side doors facing north in the northbound lane. Pennypacker’s vehicle also came to rest in the northbound lane.

Both drivers were transported by EMS to Reading Hospital due to moderate injuries they both suffered in the crash. The vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Strausstown EMS, Bethel EMS and Strausstown Fire Department assisted at the scene.