422 Accident at Collegeville: Injuries, Backups
COLLEGEVILLE PA – A major traffic accident Thursday (Jan. 30, 2020) that occurred at about 6:30 a.m. on westbound U.S. Route 422 near its Route 29, Collegeville, interchange left a heavy truck overturned (at top and below), a pick-up truck severely damaged, and several individuals injured. The highway was blocked for hours as first responders cared for victims, conducted an investigation, and cleared debris.
The number of people injured, their identities, and the extent of their injuries is among information not yet publicly released. An emergency medical helicopter was called to the scene, and a landing zone cleared by the Collegeville Fire Department, to transport at least one individual to a nearby hospital, according to Montgomery County dispatchers.
The pick-up driver was said to be trapped in that vehicle for a period of time, as rescue units from Collegeville, Black Rock, and Royersford coordinated extrication efforts. They stabilized and secured the vehicle, then removed the driver’s door, pushed aside its dashboard, and finally fully removed its roof (below). Ambulance crews from Lower Providence and Trappe assisted at the scene.
The heavy truck, initially described as a tractor-trailer and later as a dump truck, flipped onto its side lengthwise, blocking the westbound lanes (below). Traffic quickly backed up, and social media reports said they saw several drivers exit their cars and attempt to help victims before first responders arrived. The exact cause of the accident, and the sequence of events surrounding it, is still being investigated.
At 9:30 a.m., about three hours after the incident, traffic on 422 in both directions at the scene continued at a crawl. Eastbound travelers slowed to gawk at the wreckage. Westbound drivers were being directed off 422 at the Route 29 exit ramp (above), and then diverted along other routes to return to 422.
Photos by The Post Publications, Upper Providence Fire and EMS, and the Collegeville Office of Emergency Management