Fogelsville, PA Truck Hits Workers, Feb 1960


Allentown, Pa. (AP) -- Three road maintenance workers were killed Monday by an empty auto carrier which plowed into them after the brakes on the truck failed.
Killed were:
ADAM BAILEY, 54, of Kempton R.D. 1.
EUGENE ZIEGLER, 63, of Breinigsville R.D. 1.
PAUL METZGER, 43, of Wescosville, R.D. 1.
The driver of the rig, James Rider, 37, of Millville R.D. 1, was charged on three counts of involuntary manslaughter. He was released on $3,000 bail by Justice of the Peace Richard Levan.
The dead were among a State Highways Department crew tarring cracks in the Lehigh Valley Throughway in Fogelsville, 10 miles west of here.
The carrier also smashed into the propane gas-heated tar cart, spilling molten tar over the area and on two other workers. Four others jumped away in time.
Injured were ELMER OLDT, 52, of Kempton, and HARRY STAHLER, 45, of Allentown, OLDT was reported in fair condition today at Allentown General Hospital with second degree burns of the face and hands. STAHLER was treated for first degree burns of the face by a doctor in Fogelsville.
Rider said he applied the brakes on the carrier section after the tractor brakes failed. They held, but not soon enough to avoid the crew.

Delaware County Daily Times Chester Pennsylvania 1960-02-23