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Bethlehem Twp. man dies in accident on Route 22 in South Whitehall

Pickup truck struck victim, Shane Uttard, while pulled over on shoulder

Deadly Rte 22 wreck ties up traffic for hours

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - A Northampton County man was killed in an accident on Route 22 in Lehigh County on Tuesday afternoon.

Shane Uttard had pulled his Buick LeSabre onto the shoulder of 22 East and was standing near his trunk when a Chevy 1500 truck struck him from behind and killed him.

The driver, Brian Creazzo, 40, of Bethlehem, failed to merge into the right lane, crossed the white fog line and collided with Uttard and his vehicle, according to police.

It is still unclear why Uttard, 27, of Bethlehem Township, was pulled over and standing outside of his vehicle.

The crash was reported shortly before 3 p.m. in the eastbound lanes at milepost 317.4, between Route 309 and Cedar Crest Boulevard, in South Whitehall Township.

Police noted that traffic was slowed at the time of the accident.

Police are continuing to investigate and remain unsure of whether any charges or citations will be filed.

Route 22 East was closed in the area of the accident until around 7:30 p.m.

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