FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — The daughter of a state representative was one of the drivers involved in a crash in Carbon County Sunday morning.
The girl was not seriously injured but was taken to a hospital.
Neighbors describe the crash near Lehighton as serious.
Several teens were airlifted to area hospitals. One of the drivers is Elizabeth Heffley, 16, who lives near Palmerton. State police say her car was struck by a pick-up truck which hit a patch of ice.
Neighbor Jackie Ginder watched as first responders worked on the victims.
“There were five people in the one car. It was down in the field and they had to use the jaws of life to get the people out,” Ginder said.
State police returned to the crash scene Monday, documenting the path of the vehicles. It’s unclear if speed was a factor.
Elizabeth Heffley is the daughter of State Representative Doyle Heffley. He’s been spending a lot of time with Elizabeth in the hospital since the crash.
Lisa Cooper a family friend said she’s not surprised.
“With Doyle, family comes first,” said Cooper. “He’s a very good person and loves his country but with him, family always comes first.”
Cooper lives in Heffley’s neighborhood and feels awful the crash occurred.
“It’s horrible, it’s terrible. I’m glad that more people weren’t hurt, You’ve got to stay off the back roads with black ice. We stay in town. It’s very sad.”
State police say they will release more information, as their investigation continues.