Update: More Details After Three Killed in Crash in Monroe County

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STROUD TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Three people are dead after a crash in Monroe County.

It happened along Route 209 near Shafers Schoolhouse Road in Stroud Township around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to investigators, three vehicles were involved. The coroner was called to the scene, and officials confirmed three people are dead.

The Monroe County coroner identified the victims as Matthew Haller, 20, of Wind Gap, who was driving a Ford Mustang, and Ronald Bogart, 68, and his brother, Chester, 74, both of East Stroudsburg, who were in a Subaru Forester.

According to police, two Ford Mustangs were going south on Route 209. Both drivers lost control and crossed the median into the northbound lane. Haller's Mustang hit the Subaru head-on, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. The other Mustang continued traveling south in the northbound lane and hit a guide rail.

All four lanes of Route 209 north and south were closed from Interstate 80 to Route 33 for hours after the crash. The road reopened around 2 p.m. Monday.

Kathy Cramer could see the crash from her home along Route 209.

"Heard the bang, shook the house. I came out to see what the heck it was, and I saw the flames. The flames were up above the trees. It was terrible," Cramer said.

Jay Seidel lives along Route 209 as well. He says he heard the crash.

"That was one accident. It was unbelievable. I haven't seen an accident like that since I came back from Nam. These people around here, they cringe when they have to cross that road."

"I think it's terrible. I really do. It's a shame for the families involved. That intersection is a bad intersection, and people fly down the road," said Charlene Becker of Stroud Township.

That intersection has been called a problem in the past. The four-way intersection has been considered dangerous for years because of the number and severity of crashes in that area.

Last year, PennDOT announced plans to remove a traffic light and ban left-hand turns. At the time, PennDOT officials said the construction phase of that project wouldn't start until 2020.

PennDOT officials say that project is on track, but this crash will not speed up the process.

"Fixing the problem is eliminating the light. It's been going on for a while now, and this is not the first fatality up there," said Frank Calafiore of Sciota.

"The intersection isn't bad. It's the people who are traveling on them here. They have to do something to slow them down. If you get them to slow down, they are going to eliminate all the accidents," said Seidel.


  • Patti Lewis Ollendyke

    And what’s the name of the person that was driving the other Mustang? That person should be held accountable for these deaths as well!

  • William Cook

    There are many things that can be done to that intersection to make it safe, such as a dedicated left turn light, acceleration and deceleration lanes (there is ample room to build these), other warning signs instead of just the 24/7 yellow flashers, a reduced speed zone and more. Closing the intersection is not the answer… making it safer is. How is this intersection in any way responsible for this devastating event?

  • Randy Chapkovich

    Did anyone read the story. No one crossed the intersection the Mustangs were racing south and the Subaru was travelling north. The intersection is not the problem idiots driving stupidly is the problem.

  • donamick

    no mention that the two Mustangs must have been racing each other
    and Matthew Holler most likely killed two innocent people
    that’s what the story tells me

  • Ray Sajeski

    If idiots would stop speeding and the other idiots stop turning when cars are comimg there would be no issues here. Im.guessing a car made a left then in front of oncoming traffic and got slammed into by 2 cars. I dont feel they should restrict left turns here becsuse idiots cant obey traffic devices. And yes i agree the cops need to patrol more there , just one cop parked at that intersection often would probably fix the problem.

    • Robert Hirsch

      Did you even read the article? No one made a left turn The idiots in the Mustangs going south crossed over into the northbound lane hitting the innocent people.

  • catman5308@yahoo.com

    State police need to actually patrol and enforce vehicle and traffic laws, and stop the speeders. and many people need their licences revoked

  • christined62

    They need to put up flashing warning lights alerting about a red light ahead. People don’t pay attention while driving and sh%t like this happens. Three lives that didn’t need to end because someone wasn’t paying attention.

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