Melody M. Irizarry Dies and Vitany and Zacharias Injured in Crash with Tractor
Manheim, Pennsylvania (July 26, 2017) – A 27-year-old woman was killed, and two toddlers were hospitalized Monday morning after the car they were traveling in collided with a tractor trailer in Manheim, police said.
The crash happened at around 9:15 a.m. Monday, July 24 on State Route 72, just south of Manheim.
Initial investigations revealed that a tractor-trailer was traveling south on SR 72 and a silver four-door sedan was traveling north when the car crossed the line and crashed into the tractor. The car was partially under the rear tires of the trailer after the collision.
Melody M. Irizarry was pronounced dead at the scene. Two toddlers, Zacharias, an 18-month-old baby boy and Vitani, a 3-year-old girl were pulled from the back seat of the vehicle. Vitani was taken to Hershey Medical Center in critical condition and underwent surgery. Zacharias was taken to Lancaster General Hospital and was expected to be discharged after treatment of minor cuts and bruises.
The driver of the tractor, Carlos Rodriguez, 47, of Lancaster City was taken to Heart of Lancaster for the treatment of serious injuries.
The accident led to the closure of State Route 72 between Sun Hill and Bucknoll Roads for an unknown period.
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