Woman Sustains Minor Injury in Limerick Crash

LIMERICK PA – A 45-year-old Pottstown woman, who was a passenger involved in a single-vehicle crash Friday (Nov. 18, 2022) at 1:13 p.m. on westbound U.S. Route 422 in Limerick, sustained minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Pottstown Hospital for treatment, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The vehicle’s driver, a 36-year-old Pottstown woman in a 2008-model Mercury Mountaineer, was not injured. However, she did receive a traffic citation for driving while her operating privileges were suspended or revoked.

According to a Sunday (Nov. 20) report from the Troop K Barracks in Skippack, the accident represented “a phantom vehicle crash.” Legal sources define it as an accident in which an unavailable and unidentified driver may have played a role, but whose vehicle did not have physical contact with the vehicle involved.

In this incident, troopers said, the phantom vehicle also was headed westbound on 422 near mile marker 179.9, and “moved rapidly from the right lane to the left,” cutting off the Pottstown driver in the Mercury. She avoided the phantom “by moving to its left and onto the loose stone shoulder and median,” they wrote. The Pottstown driver “then lost control of (her vehicle) and moved left, striking a guard rail end with its … front right corner.”

The Mercury “continued forward and sandwiched itself between the westbound guard rail and the eastbound guide wire. The impacts caused “major disabling damage to” the Mercury. The phantom vehicle “continued on without stopping,” troopers noted.

Both the driver and passenger “wore their seat belts,” troopers observed. A Friendship Ambulance emergency medical services team treated the passenger on the scene for a “minor” forearm or hand injury, and then transported her to the hospital.

Also responding to the scene, troopers said, were volunteers from the Limerick Fire Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and Auto Rescue Towing.

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