Man Killed in Four-Car Crash on Route 22, Road Closed For Hours Early Friday Morning

A driver going too fast near the active construction site on Route 22 West, near the Route 145 interchange, hit the rear of another car, causing a chain reaction.

Update 8 p.m. Lehigh Valley Live reports the Lehigh County Coroner identified the victim as, William Wilson III, 24, of the 400 block of N. Main Street in the Stewartsville section of Greenwich Township.

There is a video of firefighters at the scene of the accident this morning filmed by NVP - a Freelance Photography based company based in Whitehall.

Update 11:30 a.m. The Lehigh County Coroner's office reports the cause of death is attributed to blunt force trauma and ruled his death an accident. The victim's name will be released upon notification of next of kin.

One person was killed in an early morning, four-car accident on Route 22 west in the construction zone just east of Route 145 in Whitehall Township, according to State Police at Bethlehem.

The Lehigh Valley Coroner's office said the person killed was a man but did not yet release his name.

The accident happened at 2:26 a.m. Police report the first car was driving at an unsafe speed when it hit the rear of a second car that was slowing or stopping in the left lane in the construction zone.

The second car then hit the rear of a third car and at this point the first car then hit the rear of a fourth car.

The second car overturned and a male driver was ejected and later pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the first car was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest along with the passenger in the second car. Both were in critical condition. The driver of the third car was also taken to LVH with minor injures. Police report the driver of the fourth car was not hurt.

All westbound lanes of Route 22  were closed for several hours as police conducted their investigation.

The coroner's office said it will release the man's name sometime later today after an autopsy.

Vicky Thompson November 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Route 22 is by far the worst road I ever traveled on. A semi almost ran me off the road with a minivan full of kids. My husband was run off the road by one. Costing $700.00 in car repairs. To me this road is not monitored enough by the police. If it were more truckers would be getting ticketed and perhaps slow down. Mind you I am original from NY and would rather travel those roads then 22.
D. Wag November 16, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Vicky....don't blame it on Rt 22...blame it on the drivers on Rt 22!! People drive like absolute morons today. Seems everyone needs to be IN FRONT of you...at any cost!
StacyAnn November 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM
This is the second person killed on this road within a months time. I agree that the police need to watch this road more.
ashleyRye November 19, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I think they did a poor job with planning and working on the construction. The road is too narrow, the on and off ramps to 145 are ridiculous as well...and the work should be done at night considering this highway is so conjested during the day..not a smart move at all.
Guy Wilson November 24, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Does anybody know who the idiot is that rear ended William H. Wilson III 's car in this accident. State Police are revealing nothing!!
patrolman rich November 25, 2012 at 01:10 AM
many people know tough guy, its on various police and towing reports
Guy Wilson November 25, 2012 at 02:26 PM
you seem to know alot. What was Infiniti Driver's BAC?
Curious patron December 06, 2012 at 11:43 PM
It's a shame what happened. No one wants to see this happen to anyone, but asking for a BAC of the driver will solve nothing. I don't know if anyone else looked at all the pictures of the cars involved but from the news and reports, the car that initially started this chain reaction hit the next car straight on. My question is why is the passenger side of the Infiniti all smashed up? No other car has side damage like that which leads me to believe that there was another car involved that possibly hit the Infiniti beginning the chain reaction. Thoughts on this?
Whatistheworldcoming2 December 14, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Mr guy Wilson, why does the driver hve to be called an idiot? And why is there name so important do u plan on hurting tht person.. I understand someone lost there life. N its very sad. very sad. Yes it's called an accident idiot.a very bad one but an accident. N by knowing the BAC solves nothing. One question why didn't mr Wilson hve on a seat belt?
Arpad Kisvarda March 10, 2013 at 03:33 AM
The facts will come out. The circumstances will make normal people cringe. It could happen to you or someone you know. Outrageous behavoir has consequences but true justice will never be served. Look in your rear view mirror and you might see evil hurtling toward you. It could be the last thing you ever see. toward you. It may be the last thing you ever see


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