Car crash sends one vehicle into building in Wilkes-Barre


WILKES-BARRE. LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) People who live and work in a Wilkes-Barre neighborhood say they want something done about what they say is a dangerous intersection.

This after a crash today sent a vehicle into a building. You can see the damage to the former McCarthy’s Tavern on the Hill.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing by Wilkes-Barre Police. Eyewitnesses tell us it appears that one of the vehicles was being driven in the wrong direction on Sherman Street.

People who live and work in this area say this intersection is a tragedy waiting to happen.

“It’s terrible. It’s like living on I-81. They speed all the time up and down here,” said Barbara Toole, a Northampton Street resident.

We heard that from other folks who live on Northampton Street near the intersection with South Sherman Street. Toole says she has seen numerous crashes and too many close calls.

“You pray to get to your car and you don’t get hit you know. Or get your groceries out. You can’t even park here and they hurry to the red light,” she continued.

Jeanette DeMartini runs an insurance agency near the intersection. She’s worked here for decades.

“On a daily basis everyone has to screech to a halt here at this light. They can’t see it with this tree here. They can’t see that’s it’s turned. If they are not doing the speed, they don’t have time to stop, they slide through.”

DeMartini and other neighbors say the traffic light on Sherman Street seems to be out of sync.

“We seem to think that the light is on a timer. If I pull up to that light it will turn green for me immediately giving these people on Northampton Street no chance to stop.”

Mayor George Brown tells Eyewitness News he will check into the concerns about the tree. He also pointed out that police officers have been enforcing the speed limit in this area and that more than 100 citations were issued here in July which he says are 25 percent of the citations for speeding issued in the city that month.

PennDOT is in charge of the traffic light timing since this is a state highway. A spokesman told Eyewitness News they will look into the concerns of the residents.

Police say several people in both vehicles were taken to the hospital to be checked out.

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