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Two entrapped in violent wreck in front of Lehigh County tavern

By Jamie Stover, Reporter, JStover@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:10:14 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 08 2013 08:14:26 AM CST

Violent crash in Lower Macungie

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. -

A two-car accident just barely missed a popular tavern in Lower Macungie Township on Saturday afternoon.

According to State Police, the vehicles collided at the intersection of North Walnut Street and Brookside Road near the Buckeye Tavern around 1:30 p.m.

According to State Police, an SUV stopped at the stop sign on North Walnut Street and Brookside Road attempted to turn left onto Brookside Avenue when it collided with a car traveling south on Brookside Road.

The vehicles collided in the middle of the intersection and the SUV rolled onto its side. Two females were trapped in the SUV and had to be extricated. Police said Gloria Knappenberger, 45, and Shelby Knappenberger,,19, suffered serious injuries from the rollover and were taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment. Police could not provide details on the extent of their injuries.

Two people traveling in the car suffered minor injuries and were also taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Neighbors said they heard the crash on Saturday afternoon.

" Smash, boom, bang. I went over to see the accident and I went and I saw a person trapped under the vehicle and they called 911 and it took a while for them to get here," said Henry Ruth, who lives nearby.

Two people involved in the dramatic rescue were busy searching for a missing loved one when the crash happened just down the street.

Patty Walter was out looking for 41-year-old Holly Grim of Lower Macungie Township, who disappeared from her home more than two weeks ago, when she came across the accident. Walter is a friend of Grim's.

"I was walking down the street and that's when we saw a car fly out," Walter said.

Walter, a nurse, jumped into rescue mode and stayed by one of the trapped women until additional help arrived.

"I was asking her about her family, her life, school, to keep her focused on life," Walter said.

Just down the street, Holly Grim's boyfriend, Dwayne Mory, was getting ready to join the search party.

"We walked out the door and heard the people screaming. I turned around, grabbed the keys, and went to get an ambulance," Mory said.