Two Upper Milford Crashes Injure Five

Both involve misjudgments at stop signs, police say.

Three people were injured recently in one of two motor vehicle accidents in Upper Milford Township reported by

In the first accident, on June 26, a collision occurred when the Toyota Avalon driven by Pat T. Rossignuolo, 82, of Macungie pulled out from a stop sign at Beck Road in front of the Dodge Caravan driven by Randy L. Stone, 44, of Slatington, police said. Stone's mini-van was traveling northbound on Route 29 about 4:30 p.m. and could not be stopped in time.

The two drivers as well as Rossignuolo's passenger, Adelaide I. Rossignuolo, 85, were transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest by Emmaus Ambulance, police said.

Both vehicles were towed, and Pat Rossignuolo was cited for improperly stopping at a stop sign.

In a second accident, two people were hurt in a two-vehicle accident July 1 at Routes 100 and 29, police said.

A Dodge Intrepid being driven by Shelley M. Leber, 50, of East Greenville was stopped at a stop sign on Route 100, police said. A Ford pickup truck driven by Wayne D. Defranko, 50, of Easton stopped behind her about 2:15 p.m.

While watching for oncoming traffic along Route 29, Defranko began to move into the intersection without noticing that Leber's car had not moved, police said. Defranko's truck struck Leber's car from behind.

Leber and her passenger, Charlene M. McGuinness, 30, of Tamaqua were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest by Macungie Ambulance, police said.

Defranko was cited for not properly stopping at a stop sign, police said.

Christopher George July 06, 2011 at 02:46 PM
I was reading about the crash at 100 and 29. That is an extremely dangerous intersection. A driver is totally blind because of the cars coming up the hill and a general set-up of the oncoming turning lane and approach. PennDOT years ago should have changed the intersection or road pattern with safety in mind.


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