At the scene, from overhead
SANATOGA PA – Traffic on U.S. Route 422 West backed up for almost two hours Monday night (Dec. 16, 2013) between Royersford and Sanatoga, as emergency responders helped rescue a driver trapped in a one-car crash beneath the highway’s overpass at South Pleasant View Road. Two other people, both passengers in the same vehicle, managed to get themselves out.
All three were hospitalized in Reading PA, The (Pottstown) Mercury newspaper reported. Neither their names or the extent of their injuries were immediately available from police.
The crash occurred at about 5:40 p.m. at the height of rush-hour. The driver’s blue, 4-door sedan was flipped on its roof, and emergency crews needed to cut off the vehicle’s doors to extricate him, Mercury reporter Caroline Sweeney wrote. Police said witnesses told them the car had swerved on the snow at the road’s north side, then crossed two lanes of traffic, hit a guard rail, and flipped.
Police are still investigating. They had not yet offered a cause for the mishap, but said no other vehicles were involved.
Responding to the scene were the Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick police departments, the Pottstown Fire Department and North Coventry Fire Company, and Goodwill Ambulance, according to the newspaper. As Lower Pottsgrove officers investigated, those from Limerick helped redirect vehicles off 422 at the Sanatoga exit. For a time that resulted in heavy, lumbering traffic west along East High Street.
For the most part, 422 drivers exhibited patience during the delay. Many of their radios were tuned to news or traffic reports about the accident as they slowly crawled westward. The occasional motorists who attempted to by-pass the clogged lanes by driving on either shoulder eventually found themselves stopped by a lack of space between iced-over snow at the roadside and a wide truck or trailer.
Both westbound lanes of 422 were reopened to traffic at 7:57 p.m., according to KYW-AM Radio.
Still photo taken from video at the “422 Sucks” page on Facebook