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Just Days After 422 Work Starts, Police Probe Accident

SANATOGA PA – Only three days after a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contractor began work on a six-year-long, $73 million effort to rebuild bridges at and resurface U.S. Route 422 from its Sanatoga to Route 724 exits, Lower Pottsgrove police say they responded to a significant traffic accident involving the project.

Just Days After 422 Work Starts, Police Probe AccidentPolice said Friday (Sept. 28, 2012) they were continuing to investigate an incident that occurred Thursday (Sept. 27) at about 1:10 a.m. on the westbound lanes of 422 between Pleasant View Road and Armand Hammer Boulevard, in which construction equipment valued at more than $5,000 was damaged but no one was reported to have been injured.

Ofc. Matthew Musselman reported the still-unknown operator of a vehicle apparently lost control and struck a variable message sign on the highway’s shoulder that displayed construction-related information to passing motorists. “The impact of the crash moved the … sign a considerable distance, to where it came to rest off the side of the highway and overturned,” leaving it “damaged beyond repair,” Musselman wrote.

Several traffic cones also were lost or damaged in the accident.

The vehicle itself wasn’t at the scene, but police allege they later discovered it – a red 1977 Chevrolet Blazer owned by Ulysses Jerome Tribble III of West Norriton PA – disabled with “heavy front-end damage” and parked in the lot in front of the Home Depot retail store on Armand Hammer Boulevard.

Part of the investigation involves identifying the actual driver involved in the crash, against whom police said charges would be pending. No one was with the vehicle when it was found.

When police determined Tribble owned the vehicle, they said they also learned he was wanted in Chester County for his alleged failure to appear on an earlier criminal charge. He turned himself in Thursday after being contacted by officers, and was then delivered to Chester County authorities.

The PennDOT road improvement project began Monday (Sept. 24). It includes replacing worn pavement and two structurally deficient bridges, and is expected to last through October 2018.

Traffic speeds in the approximately two-mile-long construction area have officially been reduced to 40 mph, Lower Pottsgrove Chief Michael Foltz noted. The constriction zone is well-marked, he said, and the “clearly posted” speed restrictions will be applicable for years to come until the project is completed, he added.

“In order to ensure the safety of the construction workers and to maintain safe passage through the construction area, police will be conducting aggressive periodic enforcement,” according to Foltz. “This is going to be a long-term project, and we encourage the motoring public to be patient, mindful, and considerate of the construction workers as improvements are under way.”

Related (to U.S. Route 422 reconstruction at Armand Hammer Boulevard):

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