Two Weekend 422 Crashes Kept Responders Busy

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Separate vehicular crashes, one that occurred Sunday (July 7, 2019) shortly after 6:30 p.m. and one Saturday (July 6) at 2:35 a.m. – both on westbound U.S. Route 422 in the area of mile marker 174.6 – kept Lower Pottsgrove police, other police departments, and teams of accompanying firefighters and emergency responders busy during the Independence Day holiday weekend.

None of the individuals involved was identified by name or hometown, and there was no indication if citations were issued in either incident. In both incidents, police said, Sanatoga Autobody responded and removed the vehicles involved.

Sunday roll-over crash

Sunday’s crash “was reported to be a rollover crash with (a) possible ejection,” Lower Pottsgrove’s CrimeWatch website said, and responding officers arrived to find an overturned vehicle that had been occupied by a driver, and front- and rear-seat passengers. Ofcs. James McCue and Matthew Kemp, both part of the department’s accident reconstruction team, later attributed the accident to vehicle failure.

The rear-seat passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered non-life threatening injuries but was transported by Goodwill Ambulance to West Reading Hospital. The remaining occupants, both of whom were wearing seatbelts, suffered only minor injuries, police said.

Down an embankment Saturday

Saturday’s crash began as a bit of a mystery for police: they initially were unable to locate the vehicle involved, according to the website. Officers had to walk behind the guardrail and along a line of trees and scrub brush to eventually find an otherwise obscured vehicle “about fifty feet down an embankment.”

“For an unknown reason the vehicle veered off the roadway, narrowly missing the guardrail,” their reported indicated. “The vehicle then traveled about 150 feet through heavy shrubbery and trees before coming to a rest.” Its driver, trapped inside, had to be freed by volunteer firefighters using specialized mechanical equipment.

The driver then had to be carried up the hill to the roadway by the fire company. The driver was later transported to West Reading Hospital by Goodwill Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

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