Schwenksville Crash Disables Traffic Signal for Hours
SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Traffic movement on Main Street surrounding Perkiomen Avenue in Schwenksville was disrupted for several hours Saturday (Jan. 21, 2023), following a single-vehicle accident (at top and above) at about 9:15 a.m. Its driver and sole occupant crashed into a traffic signal and the porch of a private residence, Borough Emergency Management Coordinator Chris Melville reported.
The driver was uninjured.
The car was traveling east down the Perkiomen Avenue hill, crossed Main Street and its adjacent sidewalk, and collided with the traffic signal and the porch corner just south of the state Wine and Spirits Shoppe, Melville indicated. No cause was immediately available. Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the incident.
The damaged traffic signal and its control box were inoperable over a period of less than 10 hours while workers from Langhorne-based Armour and Sons Electric Inc. made repairs, Melville said. Stop signs were placed at the intersection to keep it clear of traffic, and vehicles were detoured around the scene.
Any non-functioning traffic signal is to be treated as a stop sign, the borough reminded drivers.
Responding to the incident were volunteer firefighters from the Lower Frederick and Perkiomen Township fire companies, state police patrol vehicles, and the Plymouth Community Ambulance Association. About 25 volunteers were in service at the site for about an hour. Crews helped to secured the vehicle, cleared debris and fluids, checked power sources, and secured the traffic signal.
Photos provided by the Lower Frederick Fire Company from its Facebook page, used with permission
Photos also provided by Ted Hodgins for the Perkiomen Township Fire Company, used with permission