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Police: Woman, 42, struck, killed by ice cream delivery truck in Allentown

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:36:38 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 06 2013 05:52:57 AM CDT

Woman struck, killed by tractor-trailer

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Police say a commercial box truck struck and killed a pedestrian Thursday afternoon on the corner of 18th and Tilghman Streets in Allentown.

Authorities have not identified the victim but did say she was a 42-year-old woman.

Police say it all happened around 4:00 pm shortly after a Jack and Jill box truck had just finished its delivery of ice cream to the Dollar General Store.

Angelica Johnson who works across the street at Minutemen press says she saw the commotion but didn't know what had happened.

" I saw everybody just swarm in like ambulance, cops, everything. They blocked it off and then that's when a customer came in and said 'oh did you see the body?' and I said no. So I looked under the truck and that's when I saw the woman lying there," she said.

Police say they don't know how the woman was struck but say the truck was stationary and when the driver pulled out, somehow, the victim's body ended up underneath the vehicle.

"It felt like a movie. I'm not going to lie, it felt like a movie 'cause especially how the roads were and then everybody coming up seeing it. I don't know, it was sad," said Johnson.

The manager of the Dollar General did not want to appear on camera but said the woman was in the store moments before.

No one knew or heard what happened until the driver of the truck ran inside the store.

"He was over at the corner of the building of dollar general and he bent down, his face was red he was holding his face. Yeah, he did not look happy," said Johnson.

Witnesses say the driver was taken from the scene by police and later returned to explain what happened.

Police say the incident is still under investigation.