Two 422 Crashes Snarl Traffic On Pottstown East End

SANATOGA PA — A motorcyclist driving recklessly westbound on U.S. Route 422 in Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township snarled traffic for two hours Sunday afternoon (Oct. 9, 2011) after he wrecked his bike into the center guardrail, The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper reported Monday (Oct. 10). A second crash, a chain reaction involving three other vehicles, occurred only minutes later as motorists tried to avoid the first accident, it added.

Emergency crews were dispatched Sunday at 3:58 p.m. for the two separate incidents, both located just east of the South Pleasant View Road overpass.

Township Police Department Sgt. Timothy S. Walters told The Mercury that the motorcyclist, Joshua Solomon, 24, of Pottstown, lost control of his bike while he was passing traffic on the left-hand shoulder of the highway.

The impact from the accident “destroyed” the motorcycle, causing the front tire to explode and the bike to break into multiple pieces, Walters said. Solomon was flown from the scene to an area hospital; where he was taken to receive treatment was not immediately known. Information on the people driving the three vehicles also was not immediately available.

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