SANATOGA PA – Two people were injured in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday (Jan. 15, 2013) at 8:54 a.m. on the corner of Buchert and Kepler roads in Lower Pottsgrove, when an 85-year-old driver heading south on Kepler failed to see an eastbound school bus approaching on Buchert and mistakenly drove into its path. The wrenching broadside collision forced the two into a third vehicle, which was hit while waiting in the northbound lane of Kepler.
There were no children riding the Pottsgrove School District bus at the time, police reported.
The accident trapped the older driver, Marvin Yerger of Pottstown, and his wife, Lilian, also 85, inside their Ford Explorer. The woman, who township Police Chief Michael Foltz said was not wearing a seatbelt, sustained multiple injuries and was taken by Goodwill Ambulance to the Reading Hospital and Trauma Center for treatment.
Also injured, but treated at the scene and not taken to a hospital, was Debbie Interante, 41, of Pottstown, whose Honda CRV was the third vehicle hit.
Marvin Yerger, bus driver Philip Bergey, and Interante’s 8-year-old child who was a passenger in the Honda, all were uninjured.
The accident and first responders who quickly arrived at the intersection – units from the Sanatoga Fire Company, its fire police, Goodwill Ambulance, and Pottstown Fire Company Rescue – restricted traffic for a time. All three vehicles sustained severe damage, Foltz said, and were towed from the scene.
Yerger will be cited for a stop sign violation, Foltz said, and added the cause of the accident was attributed to Yerger’s “failure to yield to oncoming traffic before entering the intersection.”
Bus driver Bergey was taken for a routine blood test, which Foltz noted is required of all drivers of commercial vehicles involved in accidents with injuries. There is no indication impairment was a factor in the incident, the chief added.
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