Friday, November 9, 2012
Hit-and-run crash damages siding and insulation at Upper Milford home, troopers report.
State police at Fogelsville are looking for a truck driver and it isn't to say thank you. Same likely goes for an Upper Milford Township homeowner. Trouble began innocently enough when a tractor-trailer operator struck a low-hanging wire while driving on Kings Highway S. about 10 a.m. Nov. 1 near Lenape Park Road, police said. The snagged vehicle yanked the wire from the side of the home at 6063 Kings Highway S., damaging siding and insulation. The truck left without reporting the accident, police said. Police did not provide a damage estimate. A witness told police that the vehicle was a tractor-trailer, but could not offer a full description. Anyone else who witnessed the hit-and-run accident is asked to call police at 610-395-1438.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Emmaus Borough Council, at its Sept. 17 meeting, voted to table a controversial truck-parking ordinance for now, sending it back to committee for revision.
After hearing from some unhapy truckers, Emmaus Borough Council voted 6-0 at its Sept. 17 meeting to send a controversial “truck-parking” ordinance back to council’s Public Safety committee for some tweaking. In simple terms, the ordinance that’s on the table would prohibit tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles from parking on borough streets except in cases of loading and unloading. Council approved the ordinance, which would subject violators to fines, on first reading Aug. 21. The Sept. 17 meeting began with the traditional period for public comment and the majority of those who spoke were truckers who had come to the meeting to convince council to drop the proposed measure. The debate basically split along two lines: the …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Van travels 30 feet and up embankment in Upper Milford, but only minor injuries reported by police.
A tractor-trailer recently crashed into the rear of a van in Upper Milford Township, pushing that vehicle into woods and up an embankment, according to police. The van's occupants were slightly hurt, but did not require medical treatment, said state police at Fogelsville. James M. Amplo, 56, of Pottstown, Montgomery County, was driving the Ford Econoline E-250 van on Chestnut Street, also known as Route 29, at 5:25 p.m. Aug. 18. He was stopped for a vehicle in front of him that was turning about 1/4 mile from Batman Road, police said. A Freightliner tractor-trailer, driven by John J. Kovatch, 28, of Nesquehoning, Carbon County, came up behind Amplo's van and was unable to avoid impact, police said. The van was pushed off the road, traveled…
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Council approves first reading of ordinance that would subject violators to fines for parking tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles on borough streets, unless they are loading or unloading goods.
Editor's Note: This story includes a correction made in the amount of the fines that can be administered for a violation. After receiving complaints from residents for several years about tractor trailers and other commercial trucks parked on residential streets, Emmaus Borough Council on Monday took a step toward eliminating the problem. Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that will make it unlawful to do two things on any street, alley or borough-owned property: park a commercial vehicle with a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,001 pounds, or park any vehicle requiring a commercial driver’s license. The only exceptions are for loading or unloading goods or during times of road construction. Also, the …