Woman Severely Injured Thursday in 422 West Crash
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A woman and small child were injured Thursday evening (Aug. 20, 2020) shortly after 7 p.m. when a Mazda-brand sedan they occupied left the westbound lanes of U.S. Route 422 between its Sanatoga and Armand Hammer Boulevard exits, “rolled over several times,” according to police, and reportedly slammed into nearby trees around mile marker 174.6.
The woman, the car’s driver, sustained “life-threatening injuries,” the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department reported on its CrimeWatch website. She had been ejected from the vehicle during the incident.
She was first transported by Goodwill Ambulance to Pottstown Hospital, and then was airlifted by a PennStar helicopter to the trauma center at Reading Hospital. There was no word Friday morning at 6 a.m. regarding her condition.
The child had been “restrained in a car seat,” police added, “and crawled out of the vehicle after the accident.” The child “sustained minor injuries,” they said, and also was taken by Goodwill Ambulance to Pottstown Hospital for treatment. Her condition was unknown Friday morning.
The report did not include names, ages, or hometowns for the victims. Although not specifically stated, it indicated they were the only individuals in the vehicle. It did not identify a cause of the crash, and it is assumed the incident remains under investigation.
In addition to Goodwill and the police, apparatus from the Sanatoga Fire Company and fire police units from both the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill companies responded to the scene, the report noted.
The westbound portion of the highway between the two exits was closed by fire police for an extended period of time. Most displaced traffic traveled west on East High Street, occasionally creating lengthy backups along the stretch of Sanatoga’s legendary “Crooked Hill.” A few drivers instead went north on Rupert Road, then west on Pruss Hill Road to reach their destinations.
Eastbound traffic on 422 was not delayed and drivers slowed as they passed the scene, watching rescuers as they worked. Westbound 422 was cleared and reopened by about 8:45 p.m.
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