Falling Tires Injure Woman at Pa. Tire Shop

July 16--A woman was hurt Tuesday when a stack of tires stored in the office of a tire shop in south Allentown crashed down on her, fire officials said.

The woman was taken to the hospital after the 1:40 p.m. injury at a tire shop at 1625 S. Fourth St., according to fire Capt. John Christopher. She was conscious and alert and had to be immobilized on a backboard, Christopher said.

The woman's husband also suffered minor injuries, he said.

Christopher said the call was initially reported as a partial building collapse with two people trapped. When emergency crews arrived, employees at the shop had already removed several tires that fell on the woman, he said. Christopher said she was not trapped, but her injuries prevented her from getting up.

The tires were stored in an office in the building. He said possibly about 10 tires were kept on top of a structure made of 2-by-4s and plywood that was used to section off the main office and a waiting area for customers. He said the wooden structure gave way.

Christopher said the city's code enforcement office was dispatched to the scene.

-- Manuel Gamiz Jr.

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