None Injured in Bus-Truck Accident at Townships’ Line
LIMERICK PA – A Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 12, 2021) motor vehicle accident at the intersection of West Ridge Pike and Rupert Road, involving a mid-sized Custer’s Garage Inc. school bus and a pick-up truck, ended with the bus flipped on its side (at top) and significant damage to both vehicles. They were towed from the scene.
There were no injuries among the three people involved, police said, and no children were aboard the bus at the time.
The accident occurred at 1:56 p.m., according to Montgomery County emergency dispatchers, on what police said was the Limerick Township side of the border between it and Lower Pottsgrove. Rupert Road intersects West Ridge Pike there, with a Turkey Hill convenience store on the northwest corner. West Ridge Pike becomes East High Street west of the townships’ line.
Custer’s Garage, 3143 W. Ridge Pike, is located about a quarter-mile east of the location.
Police reported the vehicles collided as the bus was turning left onto Rupert from a westbound lane on West Ridge, and the truck (above) was eastbound on East High. The impact of the collision caused the bus to overturn onto its left side. Two women, a driver and a student aide, occupied the bus; a man drove the truck.
All got out of their vehicles safely. Because an investigation was in progress at the time, identities of the drivers were not immediately available. Although a Goodwill Ambulance crew arrived at the site, police said it was not needed.
Several Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove officers ensured all involved were unharmed, and began both gathering information and controlling traffic. Shortly after the accident, afternoon bus runs for the Spring-Ford Area School District began leaving east from Custer’s on West Ridge Pike, adding to the intersection’s traffic volume.
At one point fire police blocked traffic from entering Rupert at the westbound off-ramp for the Sanatoga interchange of U.S. Route 422, and for a short time also restricted eastbound traffic on East High.
Firefighters from the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill companies helped remove crash debris scattered across the south side of the intersection, using brooms (above) and a high-powered blower to sweep it to the curb for later pick-up. A large tow truck and its operators used winches and bands to leverage the bus into an upright position, then hauled it away.
Photos by The Post