Teens Injured In Carbon County Crash

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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.


  • Theresa

    If the law was being followed we wouldn’t be praying for the full recovery of five teens, just two. How sad this country picks and chooses who is breaking the law and who isn’t. May justice prevail.

  • Just saying 16 and full car

    As of Dec. 27, 2011, for the first six months after receiving their junior driver’s license, a driver is not permitted to have more than one passenger under age 18 who is not an immediate family member (brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister of the junior driver and adopted or foster children living in the same household as the junior driver) in their vehicle unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If they have not been convicted of a driving violation or been partially or fully responsible for a reportable crash after six months, they may have up to three passengers under age 18 who are not immediate family members without a parent or legal guardian present. If they have any convictions or are partially or fully responsible for a reportable crash while a junior driver, they are once again restricted to one passenger.

      • My two cents

        My nephew was hit in the back by another driver. Obviously not his fault. He had too many under 18 passengers in the car with him and was given a citation for this. It had nothing to do with being hit by another driver either. The police told his father “It’s the law” and ignorance of the law is no excuse.

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