Update: Police Investigate Bicycle-Car Accident
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – An investigation continues into a bicycle-car accident that occurred last week on Buchert Road near Crestwood Drive, the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department announced Tuesday (May 26, 2020) on its CrimeWatch website. The bicyclist who was struck has been released from Tower Health’s West Reading hospital “with minor injuries,” it added, but did not identify those involved.
The department said it responded May 21 (Thursday) at about 5:49 a.m. to an emergency dispatchers’ report “of a person struck while riding his bike on Buchert (Road). Police arrived and found (an) adult male laying in the travel lane of Buchert with a bicycle laying in the roadway a short distance away. First aid was being given to the male on the ground by bystanders.”
Officers learned from the driver of the car, who remained at the scene, that both it and the bicyclist were traveling west on Buchert when the accident occurred. The bicyclist was taken to the trauma center in West Reading; the driver was subsequently released from the scene, according to the CrimeWatch post.
Officers also interviewed what the department said were “two witnesses on scene who spoke to police about what they had seen.”
- Read an earlier story about the accident, published May 22 (Friday) by The Post, below:
Man Injured in Bicycle-Car Accident Thursday
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A 67-year-old man who was riding a bicycle Thursday (May 21, 2020) shortly after 5:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of Buchert Road near the east entrance of Crestwood Drive, was struck and injured by an a motor vehicle attempting to pass the rider, township Police Chief Michael Foltz reported.
The man was transported by Goodwill Ambulance to the Tower Health hospital trauma unit in West Reading PA. His condition Friday afternoon (May 22) was not available, and his name and address were not being released by police because the incident remains under investigation, the chief acknowledged.
The bicycle came to rest in the center of the westbound lane (at top), with a jacket lying separately only a few feet away.
Small groups of people gathered in the short stretch of Buchert between Sunrise Lane and North Keim to watch first responders work. Fire police initially stopped and rerouted traffic between Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School and North Keim Street as township police officers gathered evidence, took photos, and talked with people nearby (above). As traffic grew heavier, however, fire police were positioned further east from the scene.
Also arriving at the scene in response to Montgomery County emergency dispatcher calls were volunteers of the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill fire companies. Ringing Hill members gathered up the bicycle and clothing (below) at the request of police and loaded them into a waiting truck to be transported elsewhere.
Photos by The Post Publications