Cars Damaged; Pole, Wires Down at Keim and Wilson
POTTSTOWN PA – Two utility poles were damaged, electrical wires fell to the pavement, two automobiles were towed, and traffic was blocked and detoured for roughly an hour Tuesday (May 18, 2021), only minutes after 3 p.m., following a motor vehicle accident (above and below) at the intersection of North Keim and Wilson streets in the borough.
No one was injured, according to Pottstown police officers who responded to the scene.
Police said two four-door sedans approached the intersection from different directions: one of them silver-colored, moving north on Keim; the other, in maroon, traveling west on Wilson. The maroon vehicle stopped for a stop sign at the northeast corner of Wilson and Keim, but then proceeded onto Keim, police added.
It collided with the silver car, which in turn hit and sheared off a utility pole at the entrance driveway of Bethel Community Church, they said. The pole fell east across Keim, dragging wires down with it and causing a second pole to tilt. Both cars were significantly damaged. A passenger in the maroon car was “a little shook up,” one officer noted.
Because the accident was under investigation the names of drivers or others involved, and information about traffic citations issued, if any, was not immediately available.
Called to the incident by Montgomery County emergency dispatchers were Goodwill Ambulance, three Pottstown Police patrol units, apparatus and crews from the Pottstown Fire Department, and fire police from the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill fire companies. Traffic was blocked and detoured for slightly more than an hour at North Keim and Mulberry streets, Wilson and North Price streets, and North Keim and Jackson streets.
The crash scene attracted its share of onlookers from nearby residences; all kept a respectable distance from the power lines. A few took out cell phones to take photos and record video clips. The videos inevitably included the background noise of a blaring horn in one of the damaged cars. It repeated every 15 seconds or so, as if on a timer.
A PECO Energy repair crew arrived at about 3:40 p.m. to begin work on the poles and wires.
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