Dangerous Dallas Twp. intersection claims life of Noxen woman

First Posted: 9/6/2009

A motor vehicle crash in Dallas Township has claimed the life of a Noxen woman.

According to Dallas Township Police, a two-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, at the intersection of Route 309 and Hildebrandt Road.

It was determined that Charles E. Weaver, 81, of Noxen, was operating a late model Ford Taurus and attempted to make a left turn from Route 309 onto Hildebrandt Road. His wife, Carolyn M. Weaver, also of Noxen, was sitting in the right front seat passenger seat in the Ford Taurus.

John E. Onufer, of Schwenksville, was operating a 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 and traveling north on Route 309.

Both the north and south travel lanes had the green light at the time of the crash. Several witnesses stated the driver of the Ford Taurus turned left directly into the path of the driver of the Dodge Ram.

Carolyn Weaver was transported by Kunkle Fire and Ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Trauma Center in Plains Township after she sustained severe traumatic injury from the impact. She died at the hospital.

Charles Weaver was transported by Dallas Fire and Ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township where he was in stable condition following the accident.

The driver of the Dodge Ram was not injured and the truck was driven from the scene.

Dallas Borough Police and Kingston Township Police assisted at the crash. Dallas Township Police Officer Mark Liparela is continuing the investigation.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation presented traffic reconfiguration options for the downtown Dallas five-leg intersection and Route 309, Upper Demunds Road and Hildebrandt Road intersections at a public meeting last November at Dallas Middle School. The intersection projects are currently in the preliminary engineering stage and the consultant is working on the design.

Design options for the Route 309, Upper Demunds Road and Hildebrandt Road include the following: a cul-de-sac of Hildebrandt Road that would create a new intersection with Upper Demunds Road further up the road; the relocation of Upper Demunds Road so that it intersects with Hildebrandt Road later on; changing Upper Demunds Road so it cuts between M&T Bank and the Country Club Shopping Center and meets Route 309, adding a traffic light and eliminating an intersection with Hildebrandt Road; and redesigning Upper Demunds Road so it runs behind Country Club Shopping Center and meets Route 309 at which there would be a traffic light and eliminates an intersection with Hildebrandt Road.

In May, the Dallas Township supervisors passed a resolution for a left-turn signal from Route 309 onto Hildebrandt Road as part of the new Dallas High School construction project.

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