Troopers Report Wednesday on Weather-Related Accidents
SKIPPACK PA – Three motor vehicle accidents that occurred Friday (Jan. 7, 2022) in Upper Salford, Skippack, and Worcester townships, although separate and unrelated, nonetheless shared a common theme, according to Pennsylvania State Police from the Troop K Barracks in Skippack. All took place on snow-covered roads.
Two were single-vehicle accidents in which no injuries were reported. In the third, a two-vehicle incident, two injured occupants required medical attention. Traffic citations were issued to drivers in all three, troopers added.
Accounts of the mishaps were detailed in public information releases distributed Wednesday (Jan. 12).
In Upper Salford
A 21-year-old Pittsburgh woman, driving a 2008-model Kia Sedona, was involved Friday at 7 a.m. in a single-vehicle crash while traveling on Route 63 east of Long Mill Road in Upper Salford, troopers reported. She was wearing lap and shoulder belts at the time and was not injured, they added.
The woman was headed east in the eastbound lane of the highway on a downhill slope just past its intersection with Long Mill. Her speed, troopers wrote, “was greater than reasonable given the existing conditions of heavy snowfall and snow-covered roads.” They said she began to lose control of the vehicle, which left the road surface and veered onto the eastbound lane shoulder.
The Kia’s front tire and front quarter panel, both on its passenger side; its bumper, and undercarriage then hit “multiple large boulders located on the steep shoulder,” according to the report description.
The car traveled further east for about 30 feet, where it finally came to rest with “all four wheels completely off the roadway surface.” The car also was “in a severe lean” from the driver’s side to the passenger side “due to the steep slope of the shoulder,” it stated.
The Pittsburgh woman was ticketed for driving at an unsafe speed, troopers said.
Troopers responded Friday at 8:59 a.m. to a single-vehicle crash on Evansburg Road in Skippack, involving a 23-year-old Collegeville woman driving a 2010-model Cadillac DTS. She was not injured, and had been wearing lap and shoulder belts, they noted.
The driver was traveling west on Evansburg at a speed troopers said was “greater than reasonable” due to heavy snowfall that covered the roadway. She lost control of the Cadillac, which left the road surface and struck a fence post with its front bumper, they stated.
The car kept moving west and then was involved in a second collision with the passenger-side front bumper and a brick wall. It came to rest facing north, “with its front end in the front yard” of a home in the 800 block of Evansburg, and its rear tires on the road.
A citation for driving at an unsafe speed was issued to the Collegeville woman.
The driver of one car, and a passenger in a second, both suffered injuries of unknown severity and required medical transport following a two-vehicle accident that occurred Friday at 9:57 p.m. on South Valley Forge Road in Worcester, troopers reported. A second driver and another passenger escaped injury. All four wore lap and shoulder belts.
Troopers said a 19-year-old Pennsburg woman was driving a 2002-model Honda Civic, which also carried a 19-year-old female passenger, north on Route 363 (Valley Forge Road). The second car, a 2015-model Toyota Corolla driven by a 33-year-old Lansdale woman and carrying a 25-year-old female passenger, also was moving north on 363 behind the Civic.
The road at the time was described by troopers as “snow and ice covered.”
They said the Pennsburg woman “attempted to negotiate a left curve in the roadway and lost control” of the Civic. The car, troopers added, “then began to rotate in a counter-clockwise motion” while continuing north.
While the Civic was rotating, the driver of the Corolla was unable to stop, and the front of the Corolla struck the rear of the Civic. The two vehicles remained together, troopers stated; the Civic came to rest in the northbound lane of 363, facing northwest, and the Corolla ended up in the same lane, facing northwest. The front of the Corolla, they added, “was resting against the left rear side” of the Civic.
The Lansdale driver was transported by Skippack Ambulance, and the passenger in the Pennsburg woman’s car was transported by Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale, both to North Penn Abington Hospital.
Troopers ticketed the Pennsburg woman for driving the Civic at an unsafe speed, and the Lansdale woman in the Corolla for following another vehicle too closely.