SANATOGA PA – Three people were injured, and two vehicles in which they were traveling sustained “heavy damage,” Lower Pottsgrove police said, following a Tuesday (March 19, 2013) mid-day crash in the heart of Sanatoga village. The accident closed East High Street for 45 minutes, as emergency responders worked to free one of the victims trapped in the wreckage.
Transported by Goodwill ambulances to Reading Hospital and Trauma Center were Nola Szakal, 85, of Pottstown; Andrew McGlincy, 79, of Audubon PA; and Michael Holland, 53, also of Pottstown, according to police Sgt. Timothy Walters. Szakal sustained injuries to both arms, her left leg and her head. McGlincy, her passenger, incurred unspecified injuries. Holland was injured in the leg and abdomen, Walters’ report indicated.
The accident occurred at 12:59 p.m. as a blue Scion sedan driven by Szakal attempted to turn left from South Sanatoga Road and travel west onto East High Street. Walters reported she pulled into the path of Holland, driving an Oldsmobile headed eastbound on East High, and that Holland’s vehicle struck the driver’s side of Szakal’s car in the intersection.
Szakal was pinned inside, and had to be extricated from her vehicle by Goodwill Fire and Rescue personnel. Also responding were members of the Sanatoga Fire Company, fire police from the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill companies, and Pottstown Fire Department Rescue.
The report did not indicate if further investigation was anticipated, or if charges would be filed against either driver.