Tamaqua woman helps man injured in Lynn Township crash
Chris Noecker made a choice Sept. 12 to be a good Samaritan.
She was traveling from Tamaqua to Allentown when she came across a crash just seconds after it happened on Route 309 in Lynn Township.
A car and a tractor-trailer had collided and the driver of the car was in bad shape.
“The driver was a young man who looked to be thrown around the car,” Noecker said. “He was in the back seat of the car.”
She immediately called 911, but decided to stop and wait until the ambulance arrived.
“They dispatched EMS quickly but it seemed to take forever,” Noecker said.
The next person on scene was a personal trainer who had a towel to help to wipe the blood from the man’s face.
He was able to open the rear car door and Noecker reached in to hold the man’s hand.
“His hand was clenched into a fist as though he was in pain,” Noecker said. “Sometimes a little bit of touch helps.”
The car was damaged on the passenger side and a car seat was in the back. Noecker and the trainer looked for a child but were satisfied the man was alone.
“We took turns talking to the man,” Noecker said. “He never responded but we kept telling him to hang on, on the off-chance he could until someone was there.”
Noecker worked as a unit clerk for 17 years and has some medical training, including CPR. They knew they shouldn’t move the man but they wanted to stay for support.
This is not the first time Noecker has happened upon a crash scene. She was the first parent on the scene when her stepson was hit by a car when he was riding his bicycle in Tamaqua.
“I was in shock but instinct took over,” she said.
She kept talking to him though he was fading in and out of consciousness.
“I kept telling him to keep his eyes open,” she said.
When he recovered, he couldn’t remember very much.
“[But] Logan remembered me talking to him,” she said.
The tractor-trailer driver was physically fine but obviously shaken.
“He said his leg hurt from pushing on the brake, but he was traumatized,” Noecker said.
According to reports on the scene, the crash occurred just after 9 a.m., south of the intersection with Route 143, New Tripoli.
Emergency personnel arriving on scene found a tractor-trailer sitting on the northbound berm against a set of guide rails and a car in the southbound lanes.
The road was slick from early-morning drizzle and possibly fluids from the car, Noecker said.
“It was extremely slick,” she added.
What disturbed Noecker the most was that before the road was closed, motorists drove through the debris without stopping.
“People were trying to drive right past the accident, including another tractor-trailer. Four to five cars followed, but a whole bunch of people stopped,” Noecker said.
State Police, Troop M, Fogelsville, are investigating the incident, assisted by a forensic team in accident reconstruction.
The report was not ready at press time but Noecker is anxious to find out the young man’s condition.
“I remember driving away and noticing blood on my hands and fragments of broken glass on my arm,” Noecker said.
“I can’t imagine not stopping.”