This weekend the Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department responded to two serious traffic crashes in the area of mile marker 174.6 on westbound route 422.
The first crash (20190706M0001) occurred at 0235hrs on July 6. Officers were dispatched to a crash involving one vehicle. Responding Officers were initially unable to locate the vehicle. Officers eventually located the vehicle by walking the wood line on the opposite side of the guardrail in the area. Officers located the vehicle about fifty feet down an embankment. The vehicle had been obscured by trees and other shrubbery. For an unknown reason the vehicle veered off of the roadway, narrowly missing the guardrail. The vehicle then traveled about 150 feet through heavy shrubbery and trees before coming to a rest. The driver and only occupant had to be freed by mechanical means by the fire department. The driver then had to be carried up the hill to the roadway by the fire department. The driver was later transported to the West Reading Hospital by Goodwill Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
The second crash (20190707M0010) occurred at 1831hrs on July 7. This crash was reported to be a rollover crash with possible ejection. Responding Officers did arrive to find an overturned vehicle. The vehicle had been occupied by a driver, and a front and a rear seat passenger. The rear seat passenger had not been wearing a safety belt. The rear seat passenger was transported to the West Reading Hospital for non-life threatening injuries by the Goodwill Ambulance. The other occupants had been wearing their seatbelts, and only suffered minor injuries. The department Accident Reconstruction Team (Officer McCue and Officer Kemp) determined the cause for this crash as vehicle failure.
Several area fire departments assisted on both crashes. Sanatoga Autobody responded and removed both vehicles.