School Van Involved in Crash Seriously Injuring Driver

School Van involved in serious crash Tuesday morning - no students on board

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, Lower Pottsgrove Police were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash, with injuries and entrapment, in front of Bradley Tire, 3000 E. High St.    Officers arrived and found a silver Ford F-150 pick-up truck, being driven by Joseph Paolino, age 36 of Pottstown, PA., partially in the center lane, facing northeast at an angle and blocking the westbound lane of E High St.  Resting against the passenger side of the Ford was a yellow GMC passenger (school) van also facing northeast and blocking the rest of the westbound lane of E. High St.  Glass and vehicles parts were scattered across all three lanes of East High St. at the scene.  The Ford had severe front-end damage.  The yellow GMC van had severe driver's side damage.

    Officers confirmed the driver of the van, Ronald L. STETLER, age 75 of Boyertown, PA, was entrapped and could not exit his vehicle.  No other persons were inside the van at the time of the crash.  The driver of the Ford was out of his vehicle and uninjured.  Fire, EMS and rescue units were responded to the scene to free the trapped driver of the van.  Police closed E. High St., between Rupert Rd and Sanatoga Road until the accident was cleared and their on-scene investigation was concluded.

     The van involved was owned by Pottsgrove School District.   The driver of the van, Stetler, sustained critical injuries and was transported to PMMC and later transferred via medical helicopter to Reading Hospital. 

     Lower Pottsgrove Police accident reconstructionist, Officer James McCue, and Sergeant Timothy Walters continue to investigate the crash.  Preliminary findings indicate the school van entered the roadway, E High Street, from the area of Shaners Trailer Park, in front of the Eastbound pick-up.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 6:18am

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3000 E. High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464