UPDATE: Crash Closes Road, Cuts Power

NESQUEHONING — The cleanup in Carbon County continues after an early morning crash.

It happened along Route 54 in Nesquehoning. Two people were sent to the hospital

Hours after an early morning crash, PPL crews work to put up a new utility pole along Route 54 in Nesquehoning.

Neighbors say they woke up to the crash responsible for this damage.

“About 6:57, because I looked at my alarm clock, I heard this sound and it woke me up from a dead sleep. My house actually shook,” said Jennifer Jones of Nesquehoning.

“It just sounded like thunder or something, a loud, a loud pop. I looked out all the wires were shaking and the car was in the woods,” said Bill Barron of Nesquehoning.

A tractor trailer and SUV collided. Officials tell us both drivers were taken to the hospital, at least one with serious injuries.

Neighbors nearby rushed to try to help a man they say was trapped in his vehicle.

“He was still in the car moving around, carrying on, but then the personnel got here pretty quick. He was hurting, he was feeling it pretty hard,” said Barron.

Hours after the crash, there was still a lot of work. Crews worked to clean up the 50 to 100 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into a front yard.

The fuel tanks on this Redner’s Warehouse truck are torn.

Neighbors say they heard the driver tried to swerve to avoid the collision and ended up crashing onto this lawn.

“That’s one of our fears that it would come down our driveway or come into our house, even. Because with accidents you never know where they’re going to occur, which ways the cars would end up flying or hitting,” said Jones.

But many who live there say this crash isn’t surprising.

“The tri-axles, there’s got to be 400 or 500 that go through here every day, maybe more. Some of them speed some of them don’t but, it’s been an issue for a long time,” said Barron.

PennDOT says this stretch of Route 54 a few miles west of the 209 split in Nesquehoning has seen five reportable crashes in the past five years, none of them fatal.

Still, several of these residents hope this crash is a reminder to others, to slow down.

Nesquehoning Police have yet to release any information on what may have caused this crash or the conditions of the drivers involved.

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