Local Accident Reports
As published on Lancaster Online
Tractor-trailer driver given 2 citations in crash that closed Route 222 to Route 30 west for 4 hours Tuesday
February 7, 2018
Heavy traffic backed up on Route 222 in Manheim Township after a tractor-trailer flipped on its side while exiting the roadway Tuesday.
The crash happened when the vehicle, headed south on Route 222, attempted to exit onto Route 30 west. The vehicle slid off the ramp and overturned alongside the roadway, according to Manheim Township police.
The driver, Antonio Brito, 25, of Allentown, was given two traffic citations for not driving at a safe speed and for accidents involving overturned vehicles. He was not injured, police said.
The exit ramp of Route 222 to Route 30 west was closed for about four hours, 911 dispatchers said.
The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Fire police were called to the scene to direct traffic, according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications.
Emergency crews were off scene and the road reopened by 5:45 p.m., 911 said.
Drive carefully; it’s icy in some spots
February 4, 2018
Icy conditions are being reported in some parts of Lancaster County as people prepare to head home from watching the Super Bowl.
Initial dispatch reports indicated that Route 501 was closed in the area of Zartman Mill Road in Elizabeth Township because of a crash on icy conditions that happened just before 10 p.m.
Dispatch reports also indicated icy conditions in a crash reported in the area of Route 472 and Lighthouse Drive in Colerain Township at 10:16 p.m.
At 11 p.m., they indicated that South Cocalico Road in West Cocalico Township was being shut down between Sandy Hill Road and Hertzog Valley Road, because it was blocked by a crash reported in the area of Fraelich Road.
Also at 11 p.m., they indicated that Reamstown Road in East Cocalico Township was being shut down at Glenwood Road because of a crash reported in the area of Pinewood Avenue.
Millersville University meteorologist Eric Horst tweeted around 8 p.m. that rain was exiting the east side of Lancaster County, and that he expected temperatures to hold nearly steady around 32 degrees until they fall into the 20s toward dawn.
“Careful for icy patches,” he wrote.
No further information on the crashes was immediately available.
2 people injured, 3 parked cars damaged in Penn Township crash Sunday
January 21, 2018
A 92-year-old and an 82-year-old were injured after a crash in Penn Township Sunday night.
The crash happened just before 8:30 p.m. after Paul Rochford, 92, struck a parked BMW while driving a Dodge Caravan north on South Main Street, according to police.
When emergency personnel arrived, the minivan was on its side, and Rochford and his passenger, Shirley Palmer, 82, had to be extricated, police said.
Rochford and Palmer, both of the of the 100 block of Evergreen Court, Manheim, were taken to local hospitals with injuries, police said.
In all, three parked cars were damaged, police said.
After the van hit the rear driver side of the BMW, the BMW was pushed into a parked Volkswagen. The van rolled over and hit the rear trunk of a parked Four Taurus. No one was inside the the parked vehicles, police said.
School bus carrying students strikes house in East Earl, no injuries reported
January 12, 2018
A school bus carrying students crashed into a house in East Earl Township Friday morning.
The Eastern Lancaster County school bus was carrying only two students when it struck the house on Division Highway near Fetterville Road at 6:43 a.m., a Lancaster County-Wide Communications supervisor said Friday.
“It doesn’t sound as if there are any injuries,” the supervisor reported. “If there are, they’re very minor.”
Fire police closed the Division Highway between Bridgeville and Fetterville roads, he said.
Crash injures 1, ignites vehicle fire in Rapho Twp.
January 10, 2018
One person was injured in a crash that sparked a vehicle fire Wednesday night in Rapho Township, emergency responders said.
Crews were dispatched at 8:12 p.m. to the scene at Mountain Road near Mansion House Road.
The vehicle traveled about 100 feet off the roadway into a wooded area, where the fire became fully involved, according to scanner reports.
The patient was transported to Hershey Medical Center for injuries and is expected to survive, police said.
Police withheld the driver’s name as of Thursday.
No one else was in the vehicle at the time and no other vehicles were involved.
The vehicle sustained severe damage and is likely not repairable, police said.
Emergency responders closed the roadway for about an hour Wednesday night.
Responders remained on scene until about 10:15 p.m.
Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Lancaster
January 8, 2018
An unidentified man was taken to Lancaster General Hospital on Sunday night after being struck by a vehicle in Lancaster, city police said.
The man was struck at about 5:50 p.m. at the intersection of Manor Street and Filbert Street. He was initially reported unconscious at the scene, according to dispatch reports.
Police said he had a leg injury. Police said the man was older but could not immediately provide his name or age.
3 injured in 2-vehicle crash that damaged Fireworks Fantasy in Peach Bottom
January 6, 2018
A two-vehicle crash sent three people to the hospital Saturday evening and caused structural damage to Fantasy Fireworks, 2277 Robert Fulton Highway in Peach Bottom, emergency responders said.
Crews were dispatched to the scene at 8:07 p.m.
Lancaster County Rescue Task Force and collapse teams were on scene by 8:30 p.m., according to scanner reports.
Three patients were transported from the scene for injuries that were not life-threatening, responders said.
Capt. Jason Stone of Robert Fulton Fire Co. said one of the vehicles involved in the collision jumped a curb and crashed into a pillar of the building.
Collapse teams were working on shoring up the pillar temporarily at around 9:45 p.m., but additional repairs will likely have to be made, Stone said.
No cost estimate for the damage was available Saturday night.
Victim identified in Saturday morning crash in West Hempfield Township
January 6, 2018
A Landisville man was killed after a vehicle overturned at 4:15 a.m. Saturday morning in West Hempfield Township. A second person in the vehicle, a female, was injured and taken to Lancaster General Hospital.
Killed was Jesse Tedder, 31, according to County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni.
The accident happened on Stony Battery Road near the intersection with Greenbriar Drive. Initial reports from county emergency dispatchers were that two people were trapped in the vehicle.
Investigators said the car was traveling on Stony Battery when it left the roadway, hit some trees and flipped onto its roof.
After being closed part of the morning, Stony Battery Road was reopened.
Police identify man killed in crash Friday night in Providence Township
January 5, 2018
Police have identified a man who was killed in a Providence Township crash Friday night.
Brandon J. Kilby, 32, of Quarryville, died after his vehicle struck a tree in front of a home along Truce Road, state police said.
Responders were dispatched to the scene near Hollow Road at 8:38 p.m.
The crash happened as Kilby was driving east on Truce Road. He lost control of his Honda Odyssey for “unknown reasons,” police said. The car turned counter-clockwise across the westbound lane and stopped after hitting a large tree, police said.
Initial scanner reports said emergency crews worked to free the man, who was trapped on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, which was wedged against the tree. The man was pulled from the vehicle at about 8:50 p.m., responders said.
There were no adverse weather conditions at the time of the crash, but sections of the roadway were icy, police said.
Deputy Coroner Robert Granzow pronounced Kilby dead at the scene.
An external examination will be performed on Kilby Monday morning, according to Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni.
Coroner identifies 17-year-old girl killed in Rapho Township crash on New Year’s Eve
January 2, 2018
The 17-year-old girl who died in a crash on New Year’s Eve near Manheim has been identified.
Hayley Clarke, of Mount Joy, died of multiple traumatic injuries, according to Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni. Her death was ruled accidental, Diamantoni said after performing an autopsy Tuesday.
An 18-year-old male driver and two other female, juvenile passengers were injured in the crash, which happened shortly after 6 p.m. in the 1300 block of Lebanon Road in Rapho Township.
Manheim Borough police Chief Joe Stauffer said the vehicle went off the road and traveled into a detached garage behind a home at 1383 Lebanon Road (Route 72).
At least one person was trapped in the vehicle, identified as a Mazda SUV, according to officials at the scene.
The three injured people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital. All three were transported as trauma patients, according to Brett Hambright, spokesman for the district attorney’s office. Their injuries are considered not life-threatening, Hambright said.
Hambright said first-responders made efforts to save the teen but she died at the scene.
Police are continuing to investigate why the vehicle veered off the road.
The Lancaster County Northwest Crash Team, the Lancaster County district attorney’s office, and the coroner’s office also are involved in the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Manheim Borough police Officer Jason Riggle at 717-665-2481.
25-year-old Lancaster man killed in crash during police pursuit in Lebanon County
December 31, 2017
A 25-year-old Lancaster man was killed when his vehicle crashed during a police pursuit early Saturday in Lebanon County.
Brandon Small died at the scene of the crash which occurred around 2:45 a.m., Lebanon City police Chief Todd Breiner announced in a news release Sunday.
Breiner said officers responded to a call for service in the city and became involved in a pursuit that spanned less than two miles and ended in North Lebanon Township when the fleeing vehicle struck a utility pole.
North Lebanon Township police are handling the crash investigation.
No other information was available from police Monday.
Rescue crews remove windshield to pull woman from car after Providence Township crash
December 28, 2017
Rescue crews extricated a woman from a car after a crash in Providence Township.
The crash happened just before 2 p.m. on Beaver Valley Pike near Camargo Road, according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications.
One vehicle was overturned with one female passenger trapped inside, according to dispatch reports.
Rescue crews took the windshield off to get the woman out of the car.
She was taken to a local hospital but was not seriously injured, according to Quarryille Fire Department.
1 hospitalized after vehicle hits garage, gas meter in Penn Twp.
December 23, 2017
A vehicle struck a garage Friday evening at a residence along N. Penryn Road near Pleasant View Road in Penn Township, according to 911 dispatchers.
Responders were called to the scene at 4:33 p.m.
One person was transported from the scene for hospital treatment, 911 said.
The vehicle reportedly damaged the garage and an attached gas meter.
No emergency collapse teams were dispatched. The extent of the damage has not yet been released.
2-vehicle crash closes Millersville Road in Pequea Twp.
December 23, 2017
Emergency responders closed part of Millersville Road Saturday night after a two-vehicle crash near Bean Road in Pequea Township.
Responders were dispatched to the scene at 5:25 p.m.
At least one person was injured as a result of the crash, according to scanner reports.
Moderate to heavy traffic was reported along Millersville Road and New Danville Pike between Short Lane and Schultz Road.
Police provide update on 4-vehicle crash that killed woman, closed Route 30 for hours Thursday
December 21, 2017
A deadly crash on Route 30 in West Hempfield Township Thursday involved four vehicles, both westbound and eastbound traffic and closed the major Lancaster County roadway for hours.
Jacquelyn Lorraine Dahms, 36, of Lancaster city, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni.
The crash involved four vehicles including a tractor-trailer near Malleable Road just after 7 a.m. Thursday.
The Lancaster County district attorney’s office provided an update Friday on what happened in the crash.
A Honda sedan driven by Michael T. Rineer Jr., 36, of Columbia, was traveling west in the right lane of Route 30. Rineer’s car veered into the left lane and hit Dahm’s vehicle, a Mitsubishi sedan, on the passenger side.
Both vehicles veered out of control across the median strip and into the eastbound lanes of Route 30, according to the district attorney’s office.
Dahm’s car was hit by a utility van driven by a 44-year-old York man in the right lane of eastbound traffic.
A Mack tractor-trailer, driven by a 56-year-old Virginia man, struck the rear of the utility van and was lodged to the van. Dahm’s vehicle, the van and the tractor-trailer all stopped on the eastbound berm of Route 30.
Rineer’s car continued onto the eastbound berm and rolled onto its side in an embankment. He was transported to a local hospital, according to the district attorney’s office.
The drivers of the utility van and tractor-trailer were not hurt, the district attorney’s office said.
All four vehicles were towed.
Route 30 was closed for most of the day in both directions between Wrightsville and Prospect Road in West Hempfield Township, according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications. All lanes of the highway re-opened just before 4:45 p.m.
West Hempfield Township police and the district attorney’s office continue to investigate. No charges were filed as of Friday.
Several people were initially trapped, and medics were called for reports of multiple injuries, according to dispatch reports.
Fire police directed traffic around the area, according to dispatch reports. Traffic maps showed congestion eastbound over the Wrights Ferry Bridge into York County and westbound on Route 30 past Mountville.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact West Hempfield Township police at 717-285-5191.
All lanes of Route 222 open after tractor-trailer crash
December 14, 2017
A crash involving a tractor-trailer caused major traffic backups Thursday afternoon on Route 222 in Manheim Township.
The accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. in the area of Landis Valley Road, near the Route 30 west exit.
Traffic was near a stand-still for about 90 minutes but began moving slowly as emergency units cleared the scene between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m.
Dunkin’ Donuts evacuated after car strikes it, causing gas leak
December 10, 2017
A car struck a Dunkin’ Donuts at the Centerville Square shopping center in East Hempfield Township Sunday morning, causing a gas leak that required the evacuation of the building.
The crash occurred about 8:38 a.m. at the shopping center off Centerville Road near Marietta Avenue.
Emergency crews responded and the gas was shut off. No injuries were reported. Preliminary indications are that the building remains structurally sound, East Hempfield Township Police Chief Stephen Skiles said.
Crews were continuing to work to remove the vehicle around mid-morning.
2 Ephrata police cars struck on Route 222 after driver slides on icy overpass
December 10, 2017
A driver sliding on an icy road struck two Ephrata police vehicles along northbound Route 222 late Saturday.
The patrol cars were parked on the shoulder of the highway while officers were investigating a single-car crash at the Route 322 overpass just before 11:30 p.m.
The officers and motorist involved in the first accident were away from the vehicles and not injured.
The driver of the striking car, 24-year-old Timur Yenikeyev, of East Earl, had to be freed from his vehicle by the officers. He was taken to Reading Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Ephrata police.
Yenikeyev told authorities he saw the marked police vehicles ahead with lights activated and attempted to move into the passing lane. While crossing the bridge, he lost control on the icy overpass.
His vehicle struck the rear passenger side of one police car, the right guardrail and then struck the rear of the second police vehicle which was positioned in front of the first patrol car, officials said.
Both police cars and Yenikeyev’s vehicle had to be towed.
The initial crash involved a vehicle that crashed into the guardrail just north of the overpass. Ryan Lewis, 31, of Lancaster, told police he lost control of his vehicle on the icy bridge, causing him to swerve out of control. Lewis was not injured but his vehicle had to be towed from the scene.
No charges against driver in East Earl Township crash that killed 20-year-old motorcyclist
December 4, 2017
Charges will not be filed against the driver in a crash that killed a 20-year-old motorcyclist earlier this year.
Joshua Fryberger, of Narvon, died June 20 after his motorcycle collided with a truck hauling livestock on Route 322 at Fetterville Road, police said.
The truck was driven by George Witwer, 81, of East Earl.
Witwer was driving east on Route 322 and turned left on Fetterville Road. Fryberger, headed west on 322, hit the passenger side of the truck, police said.
After the crash East Earl Township police Chief Kevin McCarthy Sr. said charging decisions would be made after a complete investigation.
The investigation was finished mid-November after a review by the Lancaster County district attorney’s office, McCarthy said.
“The investigation, which included a full reconstruction of the crash, revealed the truck driver was not at fault,” according to a statement from district attorney’s office spokesman Brett Hambright.
“This extensive review led to a determination that criminal charges are not supportable,” he said.
‘Violent accident’ obliterates vehicle, fells 3 utility poles, leaves 500 without power in Lancaster Township
December 3, 2017
Some 500 people were left without power after the vehicle struck three utility poles before hitting a pine tree early Sunday morning in a residential area along Marietta Avenue in Lancaster Township.
Temperatures were in the mid-30s at the time of the accident, which occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. between Hamilton Road and North School Lane.
According to Lt. Greg Leaman of the Lancaster Township Fire Department, the 2005 gray Acura TL was speeding when it left the roadway near 1200 Marietta Avenue
“The vehicle was obliterated during the violent accident,” Leaman said in an email. He said it was “unbelievable the driver survived the crash.”
However, Leaman said the vehicle was not occupied when police and firefighters arrived at the scene. The driver could not be located despite “an exhaustive search on foot” by Manheim Township and East Hempfield Township police, Lancaster EMS personnel and firefighters, he said.
Firefighters used a ladder tower and a thermal imaging camera to search the area from above, Leaman said.
“The search yielded a negative result,” he said. “The driver was not found.”
Local hospitals also were checked without luck, he said.
Manheim Township police Sgt. Michael T. Piacentino said Sunday afternoon that the driver has been located and is in the hospital with “non-life-threatening injuries.”
Piacentino said the motorist “showed up at the hospital” on his own.
Marietta Avenue reopened to traffic by 5 a.m., he said.
The PPL outage map shows all power has been restored in the area of the crash.
Manheim Township police are investigating the incident.
2 injured, buggy destroyed after Paradise Township crash late Thursday
December 1, 2017
Two people were injured after a van rear-ended their horse-and-buggy in a Paradise Township crash late Thursday.
The buggy was traveling on the edge of the road in the 3300 block of Lincoln Highway East (Route 30) when it was struck from behind by a van, according to Paradise Fire Company Chief Pat Cosgrove.
The two, 17-year-old males in the buggy were hospitalized with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, Cosgrove said.
The driver, identified by state police at Brandon A. Perelli, 22, of Downingtown, was uninjured. He was cited with careless driving, police said.
The buggy was destroyed, and the van had to be towed, Cosgrove said.
The horse ran away at first, but was captured and unharmed, he said.
Emergency personnel responded around 11:30 p.m., and Route 30 was closed for about 20 minutes while they worked at the scene.
The crash happened about a half mile from a fatal crash at Belmont Road early Thursday morning, Cosgrove said.
Police identify 23-year-old man killed in 4-vehicle crash on Route 30 in Paradise Township
November 30, 2017
An East Petersburg man was killed Thursday when the car he was driving was crushed between a box truck and tractor-trailer in Paradise Township, police said.
Police identified the man as 23-year-old Curtis J. Harris.
The collision occurred at around 6:30 a.m. at Lincoln Highway East (Route 30) and Belmont Road, where Harris’ Hyundai Elantra, a tractor-trailer and a pick-up truck were stopped at a traffic light, according to state police Trooper James Spencer.
Spencer said Bryan L. Showalter, 34, of Elizabethown was driving the box truck that rear-ended Harris’ car, pushing it into the rear of the tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer then hit the pick-up truck in front of it.
Harris’ car was crushed between the box truck and tractor-trailer, and he was fatally injured, Spencer said.
James H. Miller, 54, of Manheim, was driving the tractor-trailer. Shard R. Tshudy, 26, of Paradise, was driving the pick-up truck.
None of the other drivers were injured. There were no passengers in Harris’ car, Spencer said.
The state police’s crash reconstruction team investigated at the scene, Spencer said.
When asked if any charges are pending, police said the investigation is ongoing.
Route 30 was reopened around 12:30 p.m.
Overturned vehicle reported along Rt. 30 East in West Hempfield Township
November 18, 2017
Route 30 East was closed in West Hempfield Township early Saturday afternoon because of an accident involving injuries, according to initial dispatch reports.
The reports said one vehicle overturned in a ditch along Route 30 near where passes over Malleable Road at about 12:39 p.m. By 2:15 p.m. the reports indicated that the road had been reopened.
No further information was immediately available.
Columbia Avenue liquor store closes for repairs after vehicle crashes into storefront
November 18, 2017
A female driver reportedly crashed into the front of Fine Wine & Good Spirits, 1761 Columbia Ave., Lancaster, at about 2:10 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Police believe the driver, whose identity was withheld, may have just pressed the accelerator too hard when she backed into the building.
No injuries were reported.
The store is expected to close for repairs, possibly until Tuesday, according to Charlotte Knauer, district manager.
The crash appears to have knocked out one or more windows and caused damage to the building, but the structure remains sound, police said.
No charges have been filed.
Crash briefly shuts down portion of Route 30 East
October 25, 2017
A crash involving a tractor-trailer briefly caused major traffic backups late Wednesday afternoon on Route 30 East.
The accident occurred at 5:15 p.m. at North Singer Avenue in Paradise Township.
Only one lane of the highway was open to traffic for a short time, resulting in major backlogs in both directions of the highway.
No serious injuries were reported.
New Holland Elementary School closed today after driver hits utility pole, knocks out power
October 24, 2017
An elementary school is closed for the day after a nearby utility pole was hit late Monday, cutting power at the school.
Eastern Lancaster County School District officials said early Tuesday that New Holland Elementary School would be closed because of a power outage at the school.
The accident happened just before 10 p.m. Monday when Damien Quinones, 35, of West Lawn, drove off the right side of the 400 block of New Holland Road and hit a utility pole, according to police.
The pole is about half a mile from the 126 Eastern School Road elementary school.
Quinones was not injured. His car was towed from the scene, according to police. He was cited with careless driving, according to court documents.
The power surge may have damaged some equipment at the school, said Bob Hollister, district superintendent.
Power was restored Tuesday morning, with some intermittent internet and phone service during the day, he said.
Officials evaluated the damage and found an electronic meter in the boiler room was fried, Hollister said. He said it was a minor issue and won’t affect school Wednesday.
“We will be good to go with school tomorrow,” he said.
1 man killed in Warwick Township crash after car goes airborne, hits roof of house
October 23, 2017
A man was killed in a crash Monday night in Warwick Township.
Emergency units were dispatched just before 7:30 p.m. to the 1500 block of East Newport Road for a report of a crash with entrapment.
Initial information shows the man was driving west on the road and went airborne after striking an embankment, according to Northern Lancaster County Regional police.
The car hit the rooftop of a house and came to rest behind it in a wooded area, police said.
Crews initially could not locate the accident but quickly discovered the wreckage in the backyard of a home and down an embankment, according to initial reports.
A fire official at the scene reported heavy entrapment and said the occupant of the car was unconscious.
A coroner was requested at the scene just after 8 p.m., according to a supervisor at Lancaster County-Wide Communications.
Police continue to investigate the accident.
Coroner identifies Denver man killed in West Cocalico Township crash
October 22, 2017
A 27-year-old Denver man died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash in West Cocalico Township, according to an Ephrata Police Department press release.
He was identified Sunday as Joseph Andrew Descoteau, according to Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni.
Descoteau was driving in the 1000 block of Steinmetz Road when his sedan left the roadway and struck a utility pole and a parked vehicle, police said.
Police said emergency services responded at 11:59 p.m. and found Descoteau deceased. He was the only occupant in the car, police said.
Ephrata Police, the Denver Fire Company, Reamstown Ambulance and Wellspan-Ephrata Medic responded to the crash, which remains under investigation.
2 drivers injured after head-on crash on Route 30 near Gap late Thursday
October 20, 2017
Two people were injured after a head-on collision on Route 30 in Salisbury Township late Thursday.
A Chevrolet Malibu and a Kia Forte collided in front of The Brass Eagle, 5725 Lincoln Highway East, just after 11:15 p.m., according to state police Trooper James Spencer.
The drivers were taken to Lancaster General Hospital with an unknown severity of injuries, according to Spencer. Both are expected to survive.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation, he said.
Fire police shut down Route 30 from Mount Vernon Road to Route 41 after the crash.
2 people injured after 2-vehicle crash on Route 222 in Manheim Township
October 18, 2017
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Route 222 southbound in Manheim Township.
The crash happened just after 7:45 a.m. near the Oregon Pike exit, according to police Sgt. Michael Piacentino.
Traffic was backed up in both the southbound and northbound lanes of Route 222, but the road was not shut down, according to Piacentino.
The accident happened when a southbound vehicle rear-ended a vehicle in front of it, pushing both vehicles into the center median, police said.
The lone occupants of both vehicles were taken to area hospitals, Piacentino said.
Both vehicles are being towed. No other vehicles were hit.
Main Street reopens after vehicle hit pole Friday morning in Warwick Township
October 13, 2017
A portion of Main Street was closed temporarily Friday morning after a vehicle crash in Warwick Township.
A vehicle reportedly struck a utility pole, causing a closure between Twin Brook Road and Church Street.
Responders were dispatched shortly after 10 a.m., 911 said.
PP&L and traffic control personnel remained on scene for an unspecified amount of time after responders went back in service, police said.
The road was reopened by Friday afternoon. No injuries were reported.
64-year-old Lititz man dies after tractor-trailer rear ends car in Ephrata Borough
October 4, 2017
A 64-year-old Lititz man died after his vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer in Ephrata Borough Wednesday morning, police said.
Emergency crews were called to 345 S. Reading Road around 9 a.m. for a crash in the northbound lane. The driver of a white Toyota Prius was taken to WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Ephrata police.
Officials said they were withholding the man’s name pending notification of next of kin.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, 24-year-old Wayne M. Sauder, of Denver, wasn’t injured.
South Reading Road (Route 272) was closed from Meadow Valley Road through South State Street as investigators reconstructed the incident. The road reopened around noon, police Lt. Chris McKim said.
The crash remains under investigation. Police ask anyone who witnessed the accident to contact Officer Davis at 717-738-9200, ext. 262.
Crash involving 2 tractor-trailers causes traffic woes on Route 283 westbound
October 2, 2017
One person was hospitalized after a crash involving two tractor-trailers Monday afternoon on Route 283 in East Hempfield Township.
The accident occurred on the westbound side of the highway, near Spooky Nook Road, shortly before 2 p.m.
Police said Jason Jones, of Cochranville, was driving a 2015 Peterbilt truck and drifted to the right where he struck the rear of a 2018 Volvo tractor-trailer that was parked on the shoulder. The driver of the parked truck, Carlton Adcock Jr., was transported from the scene for evaluation, officials said.
Traffic was restricted to one lane as emergency officials worked at the scene, resulting in traffic backups for several miles. The road reopened just after 7 p.m.
Police ID 23-year-old Lititz man who died Friday following motorcycle accident in Manheim Township
September 25, 2017
A Lititz man died Friday following a motorcycle crash in Manheim Township.
Dagan R. Bailey, 23, passed away at a local hospital after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a vehicle around 12:45 p.m. at the intersection of Pleasure Road and New Holland Avenue, police said Monday.
He was traveling east on New Holland Avenue while the other vehicle was traveling north on Pleasure Avenue. After impact, Bailey then collided with two more vehicles that were traveling on New Holland Avenue, police said.
No other people were injured in this crash.
The roadway was closed for approximately four hours while officers reconstructed the crash. The road reopened by 4:30 p.m.
The cause of this incident remains under investigation at this time, police said. Any persons who witnessed this incident are encouraged to contact the Manheim Township Police at 717-569-6401.
3 listed in stable condition following Monday accident when a car rear-ended a buggy in Upper Leacock Twp.
September 19, 2017
Three people are listed in stable condition following a Monday morning accident when a car rear-ended a horse-drawn buggy in Upper Leacock Township, East Lampeter police Lt. James Shank said Tuesday.
He identified the operator of the buggy and two passengers, including a young child, as the injured parties.
They were initially taken to Lancaster General Hospital before two of them were transported to Hershey Medical Center, Shank said.
The accident occurred at 9:52 a.m. on Snake Hill Road, just north of Windy Tor Road Monday, according to East Lampeter police Lt. Rob Eachus.
A male driver, who has not yet been identified, was driving south on Snake Hill Road when he “crested a hill … and collided with the back of a horse and buggy,” Eachus said.
“The buggy was occupied by four people — two adults and two juveniles,” he added. All four people were taken by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital, he said.
On Tuesday, Shank only identified three individuals as having severe injuries.
Eachus said the driver of the vehicle was not hurt.
The buggy was badly damaged. The horse, Eachus said, apparently escaped injury, breaking free after the collision and being secured on a neighboring farm.
No charges have been filed at this time, Shank said Tuesday. The investigation is continuing.
Driver travels length of parking lot, smashes into Regal Cinemas at Manor Shopping Center
September 17, 2017
A driver jumped a dividing island and plowed over a tree before smashing his vehicle into the Regal Cinemas building early Sunday at Manor Shopping Center.
The theater was closed as officials assessed the damage but was able to open at 2 p.m.
The accident occurred around 4:35 a.m. when crews were dispatched for a crash with entrapment at the shopping center along Millersville Pike in Lancaster Township.
The driver of a blue 2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited/Sport traveled the length of the parking lot from Millersville Pike before crashing into a support column at the right side of the entrance to the theater, according to Lancaster Township fire Lt. Greg Leaman.
Firefighters used a hydraulic cutter and a spreader rescue tool to cut off the driver’s door. The male driver was able to exit the car with the assistance of firefighters and Lancaster EMS crew members, Leaman said. He was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
The collision damaged the support column, which had large visible cracks between the concrete blocks. The ceiling around the column also damaged with visible distress, according to Leaman.
Officials from the county collapse team and Lancaster Township code enforcement were called to assess the damage.
Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Usdin said a structural engineer was to meet with township code officials around noon to further inspect the damage and to determine if the building was safe to open.
A man who answered the phone at the theater later in the afternoon said the business opened at 2 p.m.
2 men — a motorist and a tow truck driver from Rheems — were killed Sunday in a roadside crash along Route 222
September 10, 2017
A tow truck driver from Rheems and the motorist he was assisting were killed Sunday morning when they were struck by a passing driver on Route 222 in West Earl Township.
Police said the crash occurred on the northbound side of the highway near the Peach Road overpass at 1:50 a.m.
The two men suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy coroner, police said.
Police have not yet issued a statement identifying the victims of the crash.
However, B.J. Root of Coatesville on Sunday identified himself as the son of the tow truck driver. Ralph Henry Watrous, 44, who worked for Mack’s Tire Service, was one of the men killed in the collision, Root said.
According to police, Anthony Caldwell of Stafford, Virginia, was driving north when his vehicle struck the two men and a rollback tow truck, which was on the berm of the highway.
The tow truck, from a AAA tow service, was reportedly at the scene to remove a disabled car from the road, according to a statement from West Earl police.
Caldwell was not injured, police said.
Root said he is the oldest of five children who survive his father. Watrous, he said, was “a big teddy bear” who adored his six grandchildren, was quick with a quip and had enough “dad jokes” to last a lifetime.
Watrous was a “lighthearted” man who loved to cook and was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan. He had a rough upbringing, Root said, but had quit smoking and drinking and “was very close to being on top of the world for the first time in his life.”
Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call West Earl police at 717-859-1411.
West Earl police, the Lancaster County crash team and the district attorney’s office are investigating the incident.
Injuries reported, Route 272 closed briefly after collision in Providence Township
September 9, 2017
Route 272 was closed Saturday morning at Pennsy Road in Providence Township after a two-car crash shortly after 11 a.m.
A witness said two patients were transported to Lancaster General Hospital after the collision. The witness said the crash occurred when one vehicle ran a stop sign from Pennsy Road.
No information was immediately available on the condition of the people involved.
Route 272 was reopened early Saturday afternoon.
1 person trapped in Strasburg Twp. crash
September 1, 2017
Emergency crews responded Saturday night to a two-vehicle crash in Strasburg Township, according to county dispatchers.
An individual was trapped inside one of the cars due to a neck injury, police said.
The incident, said to be a head-on collision, occurred at around 10:30 p.m. on the 1400 block of Beaver Valley Pike.
No life-threatening injuries have been reported.
20-year-old Lancaster woman dies in Chester County crash Saturday
August 28, 2017
A Lancaster woman died in a Chester County crash Saturday night, police said.
Riley Margaret Mathias, 20, of Lancaster, was killed and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that happened around 11 p.m. in the 300 block of Octorara Trail in West Caln Township, police said.
Mathias is a former Manheim Township High School student who was studying dental hygiene at YTI Career Institute in Lancaster, according to her Facebook page.
She was the driver of a vehicle that contained one passenger and two people were in the other car involved, West Caln Township Police Chief Curt Martinez said.
The cause of accident is still under investigation, he said.
The three injured people were transferred to Paoli Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and have since been released, Martinez said.
Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Martinez at 610-384-3115 extension 117.
Route 283 eastbound re-opens between Spooky Nook, State roads after accident
August 26, 2017
Eastbound lanes of Route 283 have re-opened after a traffic accident Saturday morning in East Hempfield Township.
The lane closures had been in effect between Spooky Nook Road and Route 722/State Road. The incident was reported shortly before 10:30 a.m.
The road re-opened around 11:30 a.m., however, residual delays are possible.
It wasn’t immediately known if anyone was injured in the crash.
Man dies at hospital after 2-vehicle crash in Manheim Township Wednesday
August 17, 2017
A man died after a crash in Manheim Township Wednesday evening.
The man, who has not been identified, was transported to a hospital and later passed away, police said.
The crash happened on Granite Run Drive near Manheim Pike around 5:45 p.m.
A vehicle heading north on Manheim Pike turned east onto Granite Run Drive when it hit another vehicle in the left turn lane, police said.
The man who died was one of the drivers, but police did not say which vehicle he was driving.
The crash is under investigation, and witnesses are asked to call Manheim Township police at 717-569-6401.
Wandering cows from Ephrata-area herd cause 2 crashes in as many days
August 14, 2017
A cow on the highway led to a three-vehicle crash early Monday on four-lane Route 222 in West Earl Township, one day after loose cows from the same herd caused a serious collision, police said.
The cow was struck by all three vehicles, causing one to roll over. The cow was killed.
The collision happened about 3 a.m. on Route 222 North near the North Farmersville Road overpass, about four miles from the early Sunday morning crash.
The cows belong to a 150-head herd owned by Nevin Burkholder of Ephrata, police said.
Joshua Lynn of Gilbertsville, Montgomery County, hit the cow as he was driving north on Route 222. The cow was then hit by a vehicle driven by Joseph Brommer of Marietta.
Finally, the cow was hit by a vehicle driven by Joy Flicker of Blandon, Berks County. Flicker’s vehicle rolled over.
Ambulances took Flicker and Lynn to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of injuries.
All three vehicles were towed.
Early Sunday, about 2 a.m., a car plowed into three cows on foggy Frysville Road at Newswanger Road.
A 22-year old Franklin County woman who was a passenger suffered serious injuries. She and the driver, a 22-year-old man from East Earl, were taken to a hospital.
At that time, Ephrata Township police said about 20 other cows were on the loose.
Car plows into loose cows on foggy Ephrata Township road, seriously injuring passenger
August 13, 2017
Heavy fog early Sunday may have contributed to a car plowing into cows on an Ephrata Township roadway, seriously injuring a Franklin County woman, police said.
The 22-year old woman was a passenger in a car that hit three cows on foggy Frysville Road at Newswanger Road shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, Ephrata police said.
The woman and the driver, a 22-year-old man from East Earl, were taken to a hospital.
The struck cattle, part of a 150-head herd owned by Nevin Burkholder of Ephrata, were euthanized, police said. About 20 other cows had to be rounded up.
Police closed several roads because of the foggy conditions.
1 dead after 4-vehicle crash in Marietta
August 12, 2017
A man was pronounced dead after a four-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on River Road near Furnace Road in Marietta.
County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni withheld the man’s identity, but confirmed the fatality Saturday night.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning, Diamantoni said.
Rescue teams were dispatched at 3:36 p.m. for reports of multiple injuries. Three vehicles and a trailer were reportedly damaged in the crash.
The crash left one person trapped and unresponsive in a vehicle, responders said.
Additional EMS units were later requested on scene, according to scanner reports.
Emergency responders reportedly freed a person from a vehicle at about 3:56 p.m.
Standstill traffic was reported nearby on Chickies Hill Road with moderate to heavy traffic on Long Lane and Marietta Pike.
Manheim Township man dies in single-vehicle crash on Route 72 in Rapho Township
August 5, 2017
A 70-year-old Manheim Township man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Rapho Township.
The accident occurred around 9:20 a.m. on Route 72 (Lebanon Road) at Pinch Road, about 4.5 miles north of Manheim. Initial reports had indicated the driver was a female.
Manheim police Chief Joe Stauffer said the man was traveling south on Route 72 and may have suffered a medical issue prior to the collision. His name is being withheld until relatives are notified.
Initial reports indicated the vehicle crossed the center line and struck a pole.
Route 72 was closed from Pinch Road to East Mount Hope Road for about three hours as police investigated.
Woman dies after head-on crash in Martic Township Thursday
August 5, 2017
A woman died after a crash in Martic Township on Thursday, according to state police.
Elizabeth A. Harting, 66, of Pequea, was driving on Marticville Road when she crossed the yellow line and hit another car head on.
The crash happened just before 3:30 p.m. near 648 Marticville Road, according to state police Trooper James Spencer.
The woman was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead there, Spencer said.
Two passengers in the other vehicle sustained minor injuries, police said.
There are signs that the woman suffered a “medical condition” before the crash, Spencer said. The cause of the crash is under investigation, he said.
Denver man dies after crashing during benefit motorcycle ride in Schuylkill County
August 2, 2017
A Lancaster County man died after a crash during a benefit motorcycle ride Sunday in Schuylkill County.
Harry T. Heckathorn, 49, of Denver, died of his injuries Tuesday at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, according to his obituary.
A GoFundMe page established to help with medical expenses indicated that Heckathorn suffered head trauma, as well as broken ribs, a broken arm, broken leg and broken neck in the crash on Route 54 just north of Natalie.
Heckathorn reportedly lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guardrail during a poker run benefiting the Sacramento Community Fire Company. Police said his helmet came off when he impacted the guardrail.
Officials said speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash, according to media reports. Police said other riders noticed the front wheel on Heckathorn’s bike was wobbling prior to the accident.
According to his obituary, Heckathorn served in the U.S. Army and Pennsylvania Army National Guard before retiring from the military in 2016 with the rank of Master Sergeant.
A funeral service will be held Monday at John P. Feeney Funeral Home in Reading.
2 hospitalized after West Hempfield Township crash
July 26, 2017
At least two people were taken to the hospital after a crash Wednesday afternoon in West Hempfield Township.
The accident occurred just before 4:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Kinderhook Road, between Marietta Avenue and Klinesville Road, and involved a pickup truck and small SUV.
One person was reportedly trapped in the wreckage. Two people riding in the SUV were hospitalized with unknown injuries.
Crews remained on the scene until about 5:30 p.m. All roads have re-opened.
Tuesday morning accident involving horse and buggy in Salisbury Township sends 5 to hospital
July 25, 2017
Five people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital this morning following a crash involving a horse and buggy at Route 340 and Meetinghouse Road in Salisbury Township, according to state police.
All five of the injured individuals were riding in a buggy when their vehicle collided with a white Chevy Malibu at the intersection of Old Philadelphia Pike and Meetinghouse Road, said James Spencer, Public Relations Trooper for the state police.
None of the injuries are expected to be life-threatening, Spencer said.
The status of the horse was unknown as it had left the scene before troopers arrived, Spencer said.
The accident is still under investigation, Spencer said.
Woman killed, 2 toddlers rescued after car, tractor-trailer collide on Route 72, south of Manheim
July 24, 2017
A woman was killed and two toddlers were rescued Monday morning when her car and a tractor-trailer collided on Route 72, just south of Manheim, according to county dispatchers and witnesses.
Rescuers pulled the toddlers from the back seat of the silver, four-door sedan, which came to rest partly under the rear tires of the trailer, a witness said.
The crash happened about 9:15 a.m. in front of Morgan Automotive, 850 Lancaster Road, Penn Township.
Police closed Route 72 between Bucknoll and Sun Hill roads. Several electrical poles were broken, and power lines were down.
Fifteen PPL customers were out of power, according to the PPL Outage Center. Crews were dispatched, and repairs were expected to be completed by 1:30 p.m.
Anthony Cressler, 38, a Morgan Automotive worker, said he heard a crash, went outside and helped extract the toddlers from the car.
Cressler, of Maytown, said the female driver was in her seat and did not appear to be alive.
He said the two children were strapped in car seats in the back seat. He said the first child he helped to get out was crying and bleeding from a head cut.
The second child did not appear to be conscious, had a faint pulse and was bleeding from the head and mouth, Cressler said.
“And then the baby gasped for air,” he said.
Truck driver assists
Cressler said the truck driver reached through the car’s broken rear window to help push the second child toward the door and get the child out.
He said the truck driver, who had minor injuries, was distraught.
“He was saying she just pulled in front of him, and there was nothing he could do,” Cressler said.
He said the truck was heading south, and the car was going north towards Manheim Borough.
Cressler said two co-workers also helped rescue the children. They were Donald Bell and Todd Mumma.
He said a woman who he thinks was an off-duty emergency medical technician tended to the children before ambulances arrived.
Cressler said he was shaken by what happened.
“It’s hard because I keep seeing that lady’s face and keep thinking of the kids and thinking of my own kids,” he said.
Route 283 westbound re-opens after crash
July 12, 2017
Westbound Route 283 has re-opened after a vehicle crash in Rapho Township.
Motorists were being detoured off the highway at the Route 772 exit.
The crash occurred at 3:45 p.m. just west of North Strickler Road. Initial reports indicated a vehicle went airborne, then rolled over.
It took fire crews nearly 30 minutes to free one woman from the wreckage. It wasn’t immediately clear if any other vehicles were involved or if anyone else was injured.
6-year-old killed in dirt bike crash on I-83 near New Cumberland
July 5, 2017
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a 6-year-old New Cumberland boy was struck and killed on Interstate 83 after the dirt bike he was riding traveled into oncoming traffic.
The York County Coroner’s Office says the boy was riding the dirt bike outside of a home around 5 p.m. Sunday.
The boy drove the bike, a 2015 Yamaha 50cc mini-bike with training wheels, down an embankment into the northbound travel lanes, according to state police.
He went into the right travel lane and was hit by a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by a 72-year-old man from Grantville, police said.
Police say the impact knocked the boy off his bike. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was not injured.
The boy’s name is expected to be released Wednesday. An investigation is ongoing.
The accident happened near mile marker 38.6 in Fairview Township in York County.
1 injured in Ephrata crash that closed West Main St.
July 1, 2017
A man was hospitalized for chest pain after a three-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Ephrata, police said.
Loretta Sauder, 44, of Ephrata, reportedly struck a vehicle stopped in traffic at about 10:50 a.m. in the 100 block of West Main Street.
The impact caused the struck vehicle hit the vehicle in front of it, police said. A male passenger from the middle vehicle reportedly sustained the injury.
Emergency responders closed the road for about 30 minutes, police said.
Driver swerves to avoid car that ran red light, crashes into 2 cars in Lancaster Township driveway
June 23, 2017
Two cars ended up in a porch after a four-vehicle accident Thursday night, according to the Lancaster Township Fire Department.
The accident happened when a Mercedes-Benz swerved to miss a Subaru that went through a red light at the intersection of Race and Marietta avenues around 8:30 p.m., firefighter Lt. Greg Lehman said.
The Subaru sat through several light cycles at the intersection and “decided to proceed through the red light,” Lehman said.
The Mercedes-Benz traveled across the lawn of 1002 Marietta Avenue and through a row of trees. The car then hit two cars parked in the driveway of 1006 Marietta Avenue and crashed into the porch, according to Lehman.
A woman who lives in the home was sitting on her sofa in the living room when she heard noises, looked out her window and saw the car on her porch.
A neighbor saw a car flying through the trees after she heard the crash and looked out her window.
No one was injured, according to Lehman.
The intersection is in Lancaster city, but the home where the vehicles ended up is in Lancaster Township.
Impact Disaster Services of Harrisburg responded to stabilize the porch.
Police identify motorcyclist killed Tuesday morning in East Earl collision
June 20, 2017
A 20-year-old motorcyclist from Narvon was killed Tuesday morning in an accident in East Earl Township.
Joshua Fryberger died after his motorcycle collided with a truck hauling livestock on Route 322 at Fetterville Road, according to East Earl police Chief Kevin McCarthy Sr.
According to a statement from police, 81-year-old George Witwer of East Earl was driving east on Route 322 when he made a left turn onto Fetterville at 7:22 a.m., “directly in front of” Fryberger, who was westbound on 322.
The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the truck, police said. Deputy Coroner Shannon Blosser pronounced Fryberger dead at the scene.
An autopsy will be performed Wednesday, according to Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni.
Traffic was shut down in both directions at the intersection of Route 322 and Fetterville Road until around noon, according to a supervisor at Lancaster County-Wide Communications.
New Providence man in critical condition following Saturday night motorcycle accident
June 17, 2017
A New Providence man is in critical condition following a Saturday night motorcycle accident in Providence Township.
Michael Taylor, of New Providence, was operating a 2000 Suzuki GSXR motorcycle around 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the area of the 1200 block of Rawlinsville Road, State Police said.
As Taylor crested a hill with a right-handed turn he swerved over the double yellow line and struck the back of a 2006 Isuzu, police said.
He then lost control of the vehicle and traveled approximately 200 feet North on Rawlinsville Road before he came into contact with an embankment. The Motorcycle continued forward and struck a mailbox, police said.
The driver of the second vehicle had no injuries, police said.
1 injured in crash involving tractor-trailer near Willow Street
June 14, 2017
One person was injured when a tractor-trailer rear-ended a vehicle Tuesday morning in Pequea Township.
The crash occurred on southbound Route 272 (Willow Street Pike) at Penn Grant Road.
The driver of the tractor-trailer failed to stop at a red light and struck a Chevrolet Cavalier, which then was pushed into a Mitsubishi sedan, Southern Regional police wrote in a Facebook post.
The driver of the Cavalier had to be freed from the wreckage by emergency personnel. She was taken to Lancaster General Hospital and was in stable condition there Tuesday evening, police said.
West Willow and Willow Street fire units responded to the crash.
2 remain hospitalized after horse and buggy crash in Quarryville injures 3
June 6, 2017
Three people were injured, two seriously, in a crash involving a horse and buggy Sunday afternoon in Quarryville.
The accident occurred just before 3 p.m. at South Lime Street and Park Avenue and also involved a Kia Soul.
The three people injured were all in the buggy. A 16-year-old female is expected to be released from the hospital today, Quarryville police Chief Kenneth Work said Tuesday.
Samuel Glick Jr., 20, and a female, 17, both of New Providence, are still hospitalized, Work said.
Initial reports indicated a female to be semi-responsive and a male who initially was pinned under the buggy. Both were taken by ambulance to a local hospital. In a post on its Facebook page, Quarryville Fire Department reported three patients, two of whom had critical injuries.
The Kia Soul was driven by Mary Culbertson, of Elkton, Maryland, according to Work. She was uninjured.
Quarrville police continue to investigate how the accident happened, Work said.
The horse was reported to be running loose after the crash and officials requested a large animal veterinarian respond to the scene. The veterinarian later said the mare appeared to have mostly superficial injuries but had a puncture wound to one leg. She said the animal was led away by the owner before a more complete evaluation could be done.
Work said the horse damaged several parked cars and a building after it got lose and ran away from the scene of the crash.
Washington Boro man injured after losing control of motorcycle on Route 283
June 5, 2017
A motorcyclist was injured in a crash involving a pickup truck just after noon Sunday on Route 283 in East Hempfield Township.
Police said Jeremy Witmer, 21, of Washington Boro, was traveling east on a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle when he lost control of the bike, hit a concrete barrier, then struck a stopped Ford F150 pickup truck, operated by Ryan Groff, 37, of Palmyra.
At the time of the crash, traffic on the highway was slowing to a stop due to construction near the Rohrerstown Road interchange which had one of the two eastbound lanes closed, according to police.
Witmer, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained injuries. He was transported to Lancaster General Hospital by Susquehanna Valley EMS and was listed in fair condition there Monday afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Groff and his passengers were not injured.
Police were assisted at the scene by fire units from East Petersburg, Hempfield, Mount Joy, West Hempfield and Mastersonville.
The crash shut down eastbound Route 283 at the Salunga exit for about 2 1/2 hours.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call East Hempfield Township police Sgt. A.J. Lombardo at 717-898-3103
An earlier report that a helicopter transported the patient to the hospital was incorrect.
Motorcycle rider seriously injured after losing control on New Danville Pike
June 4, 2017
A motorcyclist was seriously injured when he lost control of his bike Sunday night in Lancaster Township.
The 57-year-old male rider was heading north just before 8 p.m. when he missed a curve in the 1900 block of New Danville Pike, just north of a bridge that spans the Conestoga Creek, according to Lancaster Township fire Lt. Greg Leaman.
The bike struck a utility pole and street sign before landing on the road.
A nurse, who was traveling south, witnessed the accident and stopped to render aid. Leaman said the rider suffered a partial amputation of his foot, a broken arm and a dislocated hip. He was taken by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital.
New Danville Pike was closed for several hours as police investigated.
Motorcycle accident closes part of Route 283 in East Hempfield Township
June 4, 2017
A crash just after noon in East Hempfield Township involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck shut down the eastbound lanes of Route 283 from Spooky Nook Road to Route 722.
The crash, which was reported at 12:08 p.m., happened when the motorcycle ran into the back of the truck, according to emergency dispatchers.
The motorcyclist, who was reportedly not wearing a helmet, was said to be “barely conscious” at the scene, according to emergency dispatches. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital by helicopter.
1 hospitalized after horse and buggy crash in Ephrata Twp.
June 2, 2017
A woman was hospitalized after her buggy was hit by a vehicle in Ephrata Township Friday morning, police said.
The buggy and a vehicle driven by Micaela Sensenig, 18, of Ephrata, were reportedly headed east on Glenwood Drive at about 8:53 a.m.
Sensenig attempted to pass the buggy, but swerved back into her lane due to oncoming traffic and struck the back of the buggy, causing it to overturn in the 700 block of Glenwood Drive, police said.
Sensenig’s vehicle reportedly continued through a yard and over a 4 foot retaining wall before coming to rest in a driveway.
The buggy driver sustained facial injuries which were not life-threatening, police said.
The horse reportedly suffered minor abrasions and was placed in a nearby stable.
Police noted the buggy had been hauling flats of strawberries, which were scattered at the scene.
12 injured when carriage overturns during horse and buggy tour near Intercourse
May 29, 2017
Twelve people were hospitalized following a crash involving a tour-style horse and buggy Saturday in Leacock Township, officials said.
The crash was reported at 11:16 a.m. in the 3300 block of Old Philadelphia Pike, near Clearview Road and just west of Intercourse.
State police said there were 17 people in the buggy.
The tour-style buggy is a longer carriage with a roof and roll-up canvas sides which is pulled by two horses, according to Intercourse fire Chief Steve Diener.
He said the buggy left from Kitchen Kettle Village but he didn’t know the name of the tour company. According to Kitchen Kettle’s website, tours are provided by AAA Buggy Rides. Officials there could not be reached Sunday because the village was closed.
Diener said the accident occurred as the horses pulling the buggy apparently were spooked by a passing tractor-trailer. The carriage went off the road and rolled down a four- to five-foot embankment, coming to rest on the roof, he said.
Several people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital with injuries that didn’t appear to be serious, Diener said. The horses were uninjured and were led to a barn about 100 feet away where they are housed, he added.
Diener said the tractor-trailer driver stopped and remained at the scene after the crash.
No one was charged, state police Trooper James Spencer said Tuesday.
2 injured in rollover crash on northbound Route 222 in Ephrata Township
May 22, 2017
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday on northbound Route 222 in Ephrata Township, according to police.
The accident occurred just before 11:30 a.m., north of the Glenwood Road overpass.
Investigators said a southbound sedan, driven by 20-year-old Christie Beutler of Lititz, crossed the center median and struck a northbound SUV driven by 52-year-old Douglas Berg of Bernville, causing Berg’s SUV to overturn.
Beutler had to be freed from her vehicle by emergency personnel. She and Berg were taken to area hospitals with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening, according to police.
The crash closed a portion of northbound Route 222 for about an hour.
The incident remains under investigation. Police ask anyone with information to call Officer Rodriguez 717-738-9200, ext. 237.
3-car crash at Lancaster city intersection injures at least 2, damages home
May 21, 2017
A three-vehicle crash at the intersection of East Walnut and North Lime streets Saturday afternoon injured at least two people and damaged a brick home.
The 1:07 p.m. crash at the lighted intersection sent one of the cars into the entrance steps of a home on the northwest corner, cracking a brick wall on its side.
Two women were treated at the scene. Initial police reports said three were injured. East Walnut Street was shut down. One lane of Lime Street was still open.
Bus with school students from Philly overturns on Interstate 95 in Maryland; At least 25 hurt
May 15, 2017
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) — A local fire company says more than 25 people are injured after a charter bus overturned on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland.
The Susquehanna Hose Company tweets that more than 25 people were injured when the bus overturned in the Havre de Grace area on Monday morning. The company says two critically injured patients were flown to hospitals.
Video from the scene shows a person on a stretcher being wheeled away from the overturned bus to a waiting medevac helicopter and other patients being carried to ambulances. There’s damage to the hill and guardrail on the right side of the highway.
At least two other buses and cars are stopped near the overturned white bus with no apparent markings.
The highway was stopped in both directions while helicopters landed, but northbound traffic is flowing again.
Cpl. Tyler Allaband of the Maryland State Police said by telephone that the bus overturned in the southbound lanes of the highway on Monday near the exit for Havre de Grace. He says several people are injured, but he did not know how many people or the extent of their injuries.
Route 283 west reopened after 4-vehicle crash in East Hempfield Township
May 11, 2017
A four-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer blocked a westbound lane on Route 283 near Rohrerstown Road in East Hempfield Township Thursday afternoon.
The crash was cleared by 5:20 p.m., 911 dispatchers said.
At least one injury of unknown severity was reported. Another patient refused treatment, according to scanner reports.
4 injured in Lancaster city crash
May 8, 2017
Four people were hospitalized after a crash Monday night in Lancaster.
The wreck involving a sedan and minivan occurred around 8:20 p.m. at East Chestnut Street and North Marshall Street.
City fire Battalion Chief Ken Barton said the collision sent the minivan into a utility pole, trapping the 25-year-old female driver inside.
Barton said the woman suffered a severe leg injury and was taken by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital. Two passengers in the minivan, a male and female, were also transported to a local hospital with less serious injuries.
The driver of the sedan, a 51-year-old New York man, was hospitalized after complaining of chest pain.
Names of the persons involved were not available Monday night.
3 elderly people trapped for 20 minutes, injured in Manheim Township 2-vehicle crash
May 3, 2017
Three elderly people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Manheim Township.
The crash happened at Route 272 and Creek Road just before 11 a.m., according to Lancaster County-wide Communications.
Three elderly people were trapped for about 20 minutes, according to Manheim Township police Sgt. Timothy Ponessa.
The suffered non-life threatening injuries, Ponessa said.
Units remain at the scene of the accident around noon, he said.
Leola man admits to drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana before crash that injured 3 passengers
April 19, 2017
A Leola man admitted in Lancaster County Court Tuesday to being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when he crashed his car at a high speed and injured himself and three passengers.
Alexis M. Felix, 22, pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular aggravated assault while DUI and related counts regarding the Sept. 18, 2015 crash in Upper Leacock Township, according to the Lancaster County district attorney’s office.
Felix was driving over 100 mph in the posted 40 mph zone, passengers said, before his BMW veered off New Holland Pike (Route 23) and into two trees near Snake Hill Road. A passenger told police the speedometer indicated 130 mph at one point.
One passenger was ejected from the car. All three sustained serious injuries. Two had skull fractures.
Felix admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to driving. He had a .086 percent blood-alcohol content and an active component of marijuana, according to the district attorney’s office.
Lancaster County Judge Joseph Madenspacher accepted the plea and will order sentence after a background check is completed in about two months, according to the district attorney’s office.
Felix pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular aggravated assault while DUI, four counts of misdemeanor DUI and three summary citations.
East Lampeter Township police Officer Bryan Kondras filed charges.
Sedan, propane truck collide in Willow Street
April 12, 2017
One person was injured when a sedan and propane truck collided Wednesday in West Lampeter Township.
Emergency crews were dispatched just after 11 a.m. for a report of a crash with entrapment in the 2800 block of Willow Street Pike.
West Lampeter Township police said it appeared the truck was making a right turn into a driveway when it was struck by a Mazda sedan, which was then pushed into a utility pole.
The driver of the Mazda, Krista Kreider of Willow Street, suffered back and neck injuries and was taken to a local hospital. She was treated and later released, police said.
The driver of the truck, Kirk Fisher of Paradise, wasn’t injured.
Police said the crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Corporal Kirk Bedsole at 717-464-2421.
Police identify man who died after being run over by his car at Lititz gas station
April 8, 2017
A man died Thursday after his car rolled over him at a gas station in Lititz.
Francisco Troche-Centeno, 45, of Forest Hill Road, Stevens, was trying to stop his car from going down a decline when he got pinned under it, police said.
Around 11:30 p.m., he parked his car at a gas pump at Turkey Hill Minit Markets, 735 S. Broad St., police said.
He got out of the car and walked around the back toward the gas pump, video surveillance showed.
The car started moving forward down a slight decline. Police declined to say why the car started moving.
Troche-Centeno went to the front of the car to try to stop it from moving but was pinned underneath it, police said.
The car stopped moving after hitting a concrete parking curb several feet away, police said.
A woman called 911 to report hearing someone screaming in the area, police said.
Lititz police arrived and found Troche-Centeno trapped underneath the car and unresponsive.
Police called for EMS and lifted the car off of the man with the help of the Lititz Fire Company. Life-saving measures were performed on Troche-Centeno. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Fear of spider causes driver to crash his car in Ephrata Township
April 8, 2017
A driver panicked and crashed his car Friday in Ephrata Township because he thought there was a spider in his lap.
According to Ephrata police, the crash occurred at around 2:30 p.m. Friday on East Burkholder Road, just north of Lincoln Road.
The driver told police he lost control of the vehicle because he thought there was a spider in his lap. The car struck a utility pole by the road.
The driver, who was not identified in the report, wasn’t injured, although his vehicle had to be towed from the scene.
Coroner identifies 29-year-old man whose body was recovered from a car in the Susquehanna River
April 8, 2017
Officials have identified the man whose body was recovered from a car in the Susquehanna River on Tuesday.
The Dauphin County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Azaine Nickens, 29, of Harrisburg, according to PennLive.
He was pronounced dead at 2:07 p.m. April 4 by the coroner, PennLive reported Friday.
According to previous reports, Nickens’ car went into the river around 5:45 a.m. at Front and Division streets, Harrisburg, after hitting a curb on Division Street.
After hours of rescue efforts, which were hampered by a strong river current, the car was pulled from the river around 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Front and Wisconisco streets, according to ABC27.
The case is still under investigation, PennLive reported. A toxicology screening is also being done.
1 injured in Manheim Township crash
April 5, 2017
A woman was hospitalized after a one-car crash Wednesday in Manheim Township.
The woman’s vehicle went off the road, traveled through a grassy area and crashed into a tree around 1:30 p.m. at Valley and Kissel Hill roads, according to Manheim Township fire Chief Rick Kane.
He said the driver was conscious after the crash and was taken to a local hospital with injuries that didn’t appear life-threatening.
The accident pulled down utility wires, causing a small power outage that closed the nearby Hands-On House Children’s Museum for 10 minutes.
Tractor-trailer accident stalls traffic on Route 30 in Salisbury Township
March 27, 2017
The scene of an early morning tractor-trailer accident which caused traffic delays on Route 30 in Salisbury Township has been cleared, according to state police.
The accident involved a tractor-trailer and at least one other car, a Lancaster County-wide Communications dispatch supervisor said.
State police Trooper James Spencer said the scene was cleared just before 8:30 a.m.
The accident was reported around 6:30 a.m., east of the routes 30 and 41 interchange in Gap, according to Lancaster County-wide Communications.
Multi vehicle accident on US 30 eastbound between Umbletown Rd and Old Hwy. There is a traffic disruption.
— 511PA Harrisburg (@511PAHarrisburg) March 27, 2017
Traffic on Route 30 was stalled on the 5500 block between Umbletown and Old Highway roads, the supervisor said.
4 seriously injured in head-on collision on Route 222 in East Cocalico Township
March 22, 2017
Four people were seriously injured in a head-on crash that closed a portion of southbound Route 222 early Tuesday afternoon.
The accident occurred just after 1:30 p.m. in the area of East Church Street, near the Ephrata Township municipal line.
East Cocalico Township police said Franklina Anthony, 30, of Reading, was driving a Toyota sedan north and attempted a lane change.
She swerved to miss another vehicle, lost control, and crossed over the center median into the southbound lane where she struck a Jeep driven by Scott Rothenberger, 46, of Wilmington, Delaware, authorities said.
Anthony had to be freed from her vehicle by Denver and Reamstown fire crews. She and her passenger both suffered serious injuries and were transported by Reinholds and Fivepointville ambulances to Lancaster General Hospital.
Rothenberger and his passenger also were taken to LGH with serious injuries, police said.
The crash closed the highway for about an hour from Colonel Howard Boulevard to Route 322, according to a Lancaster County-Wide Communications supervisor.
Police said the accident remains under investigation.
PennDOT truck overturns in Upper Leacock Township, driver trapped
March 15, 2017
A PennDOT truck overturned Tuesday morning in Upper Leacock Township trapping its driver inside the vehicle, according to County Wide Communications.
The accident at 330 Quarry Road happened around 7:40 a.m.
4 men injured in fall while rebuilding West Cocalico Twp. barn destroyed by storms
March 6, 2017
Four men were injured when they fell while building a barn Monday afternoon in West Cocalico Township, a fire official said.
Fire and medical personnel were dispatched at 1:38 p.m. to 2155 W. Route 897, just north of Sportsman Road.
The men were helping to build a barn that was destroyed by severe weather that struck the area Feb. 25, according to Schoeneck fire Chief Jeff Hackman.
He said the men were setting roof trusses when one of the trusses apparently broke, sending all four men to the ground. Hackman estimated they fell 18 to 20 feet.
All four were taken to an area hospital. Two were transported to be checked for injuries, one victim was reported to have stomach and wrist injuries and the fourth victim has various unknown injuries, according to Ephrata police.
Their conditions were not available Monday night. Officials did not release the names of the injured men.
The 2100 and 2200 blocks of West Route 897 were hit hard when severe weather moved through Lancaster County last Saturday, leaving several buildings in the area destroyed or heavily damaged.
SUV driver injured in collision involving 2 tractor-trailers near Dutch Wonderland
March 4, 2017
A crash involving two tractor-trailers and an SUV around 8 a.m. Saturday left one person injured and shut down both westbound lanes and one eastbound lane of Lincoln Highway East near Dutch Wonderland.
The incident resulted in a large leakage of diesel fuel onto the roadway, requiring a hazmat team to be dispatched, Lafayette Deputy Fire Chief Dave Keens said.
The injured person, the driver of the SUV, was taken to Lancaster General Hospital. He was fully conscious and his injuries did not appear to be serious or life-threatening, Keens said.
Initial reports of a vehicle fire and entrapment were unfounded, Keens said. The two tractor-trailer drivers were uninjured.
The cargo carried by the tractor-trailers did not spill. One was transporting bottled water and the other was carrying perlite, a mineral used in industry and horticulture, Keens said.
Officials could not immediately say how the collision occurred.
Fire police were directing traffic and motorists were being advised to avoid the area.
2 injuries reported in Route 222 crash
February 20, 2017
Two people reportedly were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on Route 222 in Manheim Township on Monday.
The accident occurred around 5:45 p.m. in the southbound lanes near the Oregon Pike exit.
One male initially was reported to be unconscious. An updated report from officials at the scene indicated two people with head injuries who were conscious and alert.
Police remained at the scene at 7:30 p.m. but traffic is moving relatively normal in the area.
Woman struck in Ephrata crosswalk, hospitalized with serious injuries, police say
February 19, 2017
A woman was hospitalized after being hit by a car in Ephrata Saturday evening, police said.
Silvia Morales Fontanez, 33, of Ephrata, was crossing East Main Street in a crosswalk when she was hit by a car driven by Dorothy A. Lykens, 86, of Ephrata.
Fontanez was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with serious injuries, police said.
Ephrata police were dispatched to the first block of East Main Street at around 6 p.m. Saturday.
The investigation of the accident continues, police said.
Man extricated from car following Saturday morning, single-car accident in Lancaster Township
February 18, 2017
A man had to be extricated from his vehicle following an early morning, single-car accident in Lancaster Township Saturday, according to the Lancaster Township Fire Department.
The unnamed man was conscious and uninjured but was unable to exit his vehicle after it became lodged against a tree on the 1600 block of Millersville Pike around 1:20 a.m., Lt. Greg Leaman said in an email.
The incident began when the vehicle, a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire, left the roadway and entered into a front yard at 1630 Millersville Pike.
The vehicle was then thrown into a tree and came to rest about 25 feet away, down a five-foot embankment, he said.
The driver’s side door was pinned against the tree while the passenger side door was jammed shut, forcing firefighters to use a hydraulic spreader to open the passenger side door.
The trapped individual was freed by 1:40 a.m. and transferred to Lancaster General Hospital for observation, Leaman said.
Millersville Pike was closed for approximately 90 minutes, between North Bausman Dr. and Michelle Dr., until the vehicle could be towed from the scene, he said.
Manheim Township Police are investigating the accident, Leaman said.
Mail truck overturns in 2-car accident in Lancaster Township Thursday afternoon
February 9, 2017
A United States Postal Service truck overturned in a two-car crash in Lancaster Township Thursday afternoon.
The mail truck and an SUV-type vehicle collided at the intersection of North President Avenue and Wheatland Avenue around 2:15 p.m., according to Lancaster Township Fire Company Deputy Chief Glenn Usdin.
The mail truck came to rest on its side in the front lawn of a Wheatland Avenue home.
No one was seriously injured in the crash.
Two people inside the personal vehicle were taken to Lancaster General Hospital and were being checked for injuries. The mail truck driver was shaken but not injured, Usdin said.
The crash is being investigated by Manheim Township police.
Police say driver was drunk when he fled crash that injured 1 in Rapho Township
February 7, 2017
A Manheim-area man was drunk when he fled the scene of a crash that left one person injured in Rapho Township last week.
Bruce J. Stone, 56, of Ridgewood Manor, was stopped a short time after the Feb. 2 wreck at Mount Joy and Breneman roads.
After getting a description of the fleeing vehicle, officers spotted the black car which was leaking fluid and smoking from a passenger side window where an air bag had deployed, according to Manheim Borough police.
The car also had severe damage.
During the vehicle stop, an officer noticed an odor of alcohol in the car. Stone’s eyes were glassy, blood-shot and watery and his speech was slurred, according to an arrest affidavit.
When asked about the crash, Stone said he “panicked” and that he wasn’t a “bad guy,” the affidavit states.
Police said a passenger in the other vehicle was taken to Lancaster General Hospital for head and leg injuries. It wasn’t known if the person remained hospitalized Tuesday.
Stone was charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, accidents involving death or personal injury and DUI. He was committed to Lancaster County Prison on $175,000 bail, court papers show.
Man, 83, dies after car accident in Lititz early Tuesday
January 31, 2017
An 83-year-old man died after a car accident in Lititz early Tuesday, police said.
The man, of Lititz, struck a parked and unoccupied vehicle in front of 134 South Broad Street while driving a silver SUV, police said.
When police arrived just before 5:30 a.m., the man was unconscious. He was the only person in the car.
Life-saving measures from police and two bystanders were started at the scene, police said.
Warwick EMS responded and transported the man to the Heart of Lancaster, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The man’s name is being withheld until next-of-kin are notified, police said.
The Lancaster County Coroner’s office will determine the cause of death, according to police Chief Kerry Nye. Police said the man may have had a medical issue before the crash.
“It was a low-speed collision,” Nye said. “He wouldn’t have been hurt from the collision.”
2 crashes snarl traffic on north side of Lancaster city Tuesday afternoon; 4 hurt
January 24, 2017
Two crashes 20 minutes apart snarled traffic in the north end of Lancaster city Tuesday afternoon.
The first wreck was reported around 4:10 p.m. at North Queen and Ross streets.
Initial reports indicated entrapment and possible ejection. Officials arriving at the scene confirmed at least one person trapped. Police later said no one was ejected and that the person had gotten out of the vehicle on their own and sat down on the ground.
The crash involved a Kia Soul that was heading north on North Queen and a Subaru Outback that had been traveling west on Ross Street, police said. After the collision, the Kia came to rest on the steps of Ross Elementary School.
Three people were taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
About 20 minutes later, crews were dispatched to a crash at North Duke and East New streets.
The wreck involved a minivan, a roofing company truck and another vehicle. The driver of the minivan was treated by medical personnel but a fire official described the injuries as minor.
2 hospitalized after car hits pole on Strasburg Pike in West Lampeter Township
January 23, 2017
An adult and child were taken to a local hospital after a one-car crash in West Lampeter Township Monday night.
The accident occurred in front of Longeneckers Reformed Mennonite Church, on Strasburg Pike just south of Pioneer Road, around 7:35 p.m.
A fire official arriving at the scene confirmed a vehicle into a pole with one person confined and a child in a car seat, according to radio dispatches.
Both occupants were taken by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital. Their conditions were not available Monday night.
No information about the incident was immediately available from police.
Vehicle hit Fruitville Pike plaza Saturday
January 21, 2017
A vehicle drove into a brick column in front of V&S Sandwiches, 1876 Fruitville Pike Saturday afternoon, according to County 911.
Manheim Township fire crews and the county’s Rescue Task Force were dispatched to the scene around 4:10 p.m. and remained there for at least two hours.
Emergency responders shored up the column with support beams and reported it to be structurally sound by 6:30 p.m.
Fire officials reported the column, which supports one end of the plaza’s facade roof, sustained significant damage.
V&S Sandwiches closed for about three hours during the incident and repairs, but reopened by the time responders were off scene, fire officials said.
Manheim Township police have not yet released details regarding the crash, how many people were involved or whether any charges have been pressed.
No injuries were reported, according to 911. The cost of damages was not yet determined as of Saturday night.
PennDOT wants Pennsylvania to be a testing ground for autonomous vehicles
January 19, 2017
Can an automated vehicle — without a human hand on the steering wheel — account for unexpected obstacles on Lancaster County roadways, such as horse-drawn buggies or scooters on the berm?
PennDOT spokeswoman Alexis Campbell said she’s not aware of any testing that involves horses and buggies. But Campbell said she’s confident they’ll be accounted for in the many safety procedures surrounding automated vehicles.
“While we are unaware of any tester looking specifically at horse and buggies, AVs (autonomous vehicles) can detect slow-moving objects on the road and shoulder, signage (like the slow-moving vehicle triangle on the back of buggies) and animals,” she said. “So all of the components are there.”
James Cowhey, executive director of the Lancaster County Planning Commission, said planners are interested to see how driverless technology advances.
“We’ve been paying attention to this with curiosity but haven’t heard much more than what is reported about PennDOT’s research,” he said. “We meet regularly with PennDOT and expect to be briefed at some point this year.
“We’re following developments and intend to be prepared when driverless cars are permitted.”
Task force at work
The U.S. Department of Transportation wants applicants to serve as a proving ground for a federal study of automated technology.
PennDOT, anticipating the proliferation of driverless cars in Pennsylvania, formed a task force last June to develop policy on their testing and eventual use.
Highly automated vehicles will have a profound impact on transportation, the task force wrote in a draft policy report in November, and it will bring “tremendous benefits for society.” Among them, the report says, are vastly improved transportation safety, increased mobility options, more efficient operation of the limited infrastructure capacity, and reductions in greenhouse gas and emissions pollution.
It also creates “new challenges and opportunities for business and labor” and raises “hard questions regarding intellectual property, personal privacy, and cybersecurity.”
State law requires a person to be behind the wheel of any vehicle on the road, Campbell said. But the law doesn’t account for the new technology, she said.
“It doesn’t speak to autonomous vehicles because it was written 40 years ago,” Campbell said. “It doesn’t specify that the person (behind the wheel) actually has to be touching the steering wheel.”
So, technically, a driverless vehicle is allowed on the road as long as someone sits in the driver’s seat, she said.
Campbell said legislation based on the task force report will likely be introduced in Harrisburg this session.
Major Ed Hoke, director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol and task force member, declined to comment when asked about the challenges driverless vehicles would present to police enforcement.
Lancaster County residents question safety of driverless cars on roads with Amish buggies, scooters
January 19, 2017
Ephrata Police Chief William Harvey laughs at the notion of cars maneuvering through the highways and byways of Lancaster County without a guiding hand at the wheel.
“This is a joke, right?” asks Harvey, whose department patrols Ephrata and Adamstown boroughs and Ephrata and West Cocalico townships.
The state Department of Transportation wants Pennsylvania to be a testing ground for driverless cars. In fact, it’s possible cars without a human hand on the steering wheel are already sharing the road.
But the chief says “there’s a lot of nuance” to driving locally — it’s hard enough for the tourists, and he’s not sure how a computer will handle it.
“We have buggy lanes. We have an immense number of bicyclists. And horses are a whole different thing,” he says.
“This is either going to be the ultimate testing ground, or it’s going to be the definitive challenge,” Harvey says.
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There’s more to local driving than the obstacles of buggies, bikes and scooters, the chief says.
“We have country lanes, unimproved roadways, single-lane bridges. We have deer and livestock in the roadway,” he says. “There’s more to it than just going down the road and following a straight path.”
Besides, he adds, “we have a lot of people here who are not embracing technology. How are they going to react when they see a driverless car?”
Plenty of questions
Two men involved in the local buggy-ride industry say they have questions about the technology, too.
“You have a lot of horses and buggies on two-lane roads where there isn’t a lot of room for passing,” says Jesse Moore. “How would a driverless car sense when it’s safe to pass on these two-lane roads? That’s the biggest thing.”
Moore, who operates A is for Amish Buggy Rides in Ronks, says it takes a good line of sight to pass a buggy, especially on a curve or a hill.
“You could have 10 driverless cars following a buggy down a narrow road, unable to pass,” he says.
“Or, what if a sensor fails?” he asks. “Lancaster County is a place where you can have young children walking down the road in groups … with no sidewalks.”
Since the Amish don’t insure their health or their vehicles, Moore also wonders who’s accountable for accidents involving driverless vehicles.
And he wonders if computers can make judgment calls as well as a person.
“Let’s say there’s a horse and buggy coming one way and a car coming the other way,” he says. “The moral decision would be to pull your car off the road completely. What’s a computer going to do?”
Co-worker Caleb Meyer — who earned a degree of notoriety on the cast of “Amish Mafia” — says ignorance of new technology can create fear, even if it’s unwarranted.
“I imagine those cars are able to detect pedestrians and people on bicycles,” he says. “If that’s the case, they should be able to detect buggies … and Amish people on scooters.”
But he says horses add an unpredictable element to driving that a computer might not be able to handle.
“Horses have a mind of their own,” he says. “A horse might shy away. A horse might get spooked and jump into traffic. I don’t know how these cars will be able to cope with that.”
Meyer says most people in the Amish community “probably have no idea” this technology is coming.
“We have to put our trust in the creators and designers,” he says. “But I’d like to have more information about how it works.”
Spotting potential hazards
James Cowhey, executive director of the Lancaster County Planning Commission, says the county doesn’t keep a tally of the number of buggies on the road.
But he says he trusts PennDOT would contact county officials “to give notice and for advice” before allowing any testing of driverless vehicles in Lancaster County.
Cowhey says he’s unaware of research specific to potential local hazards.
“My understanding of the technology is that it uses adaptive AI (artificial intelligence) to learn about obstacles, traffic conditions, pedestrians, cyclists, work zones, etc.,” he says. “Those things can be accounted for in any test location.”
He hopes the AI system would spot potential hazards, he says.
“Would it be as simple as recognizing a buggy as a slow-moving vehicle ahead or on the shoulder?” he asks. “That is an area of concern we share with several areas in the state and that PennDOT will be asked consider and address.”
3 hospitalized after 3-car accident on Route 222 North in Brecknock Township
January 17, 2017
Route 222 North has reopened after a three-car accident closed the road Tuesday afternoon, according to dispatch reports.
Three people were sent to the hospital after the accident in Brecknock Township, according to state police Trooper James Spencer.
Two individuals were transferred to Lancaster General. The third was transported to Reading Hospital, Spencer said.
Both lanes were closed at the turnpike interchange/Denver exit for about 30 minutes.
Information related to the severity of the injuries was not immediately available.
Ephrata police say teen injured in Friday crash may have been racing another vehicle
January 14, 2017
A witness reported that a teen injured in a crash Friday had been racing another driver who did not stop, according to Ephrata police.
Police reported that the 16-year-old from Denver was driving a Volkswagen Jetta west in the 1000 block of Long Lane Road in West Cocalico Township shortly before 3 p.m. when he lost control and hit a tree.
He was cited and taken to Reading Hospital for evaluation of a hand injury, police said. They did not release his name.
Ice leads to several injuries, vehicle crashes on Lancaster County roads Wednesday morning
January 11, 2017
Emergency services responded to accidents throughout Lancaster County after an icy morning commute.
Around 0.15 inches of rain fell overnight Tuesday, according to Eric Horst, director of Millersville University’s Weather Information Center.
“When the skies cleared around 5 a.m., there was also black ice that formed in many areas,” Horst said, especially in central and northern Lancaster County.
The emergency department at Lancaster General Hospital treated at least 30 cases resulting from falls on ice from 7 to 10 a.m., according to spokeswoman Mary Beth Schweigert.
The injuries included one head injury and one hip fracture. The rest were minor, Scheweigert said.
Lancaster city police Sgt. Bill Hickey said the department responded to 24 accident calls between midnight and 9 a.m. No injuries were reported, Hickey said.
Hickey could not confirm how many accidents were related to ice, but he said the number of accidents was above average.
Lancaster city crews started salting roads by 6:30 a.m., said Katzenmoyer, Lancaster city’s public works director.
“We do not pre-treat our roads with salt like PennDOT does,” Katzenmoyer said.
“We don’t have the budget to have (crews) on overnight waiting for a storm. They know to be called in if a storm like that comes,” she said.
Property owners are responsible for clearing their sidewalks, Katzenmoyer said.
“People have to use caution when a condition like that comes up,” she said.
Injuries from icy conditions also were reported at Lancaster Regional Medical Center and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, said spokeswoman Danielle Gilmore.
There were five and four, respectively, between late last evening and mid-morning today, she said.
And shortly before 9 a.m., a “bunch of cars got stuck on the ice” on Kleinfeltersville Road in Clay Township, according to a a Lancaster County-wide Communications supervisor.
One of the vehicles was a school bus, but only the driver was on board, the supervisor said. The supervisor did not know how many cars were involved.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement this morning warning of possible icy spots on roadways.
Temperatures remained below freezing parts of the county during the morning hours, resulting in icy spots on untreated roads.
Police identify man, 38, killed in crash early Tuesday in Lititz
January 11, 2017
Rollie Broadwater Jr., 38, of Lititz, died in a car accident early Tuesday in Lititz, police said.
Police responded to the 100 block of Owl Hill Road around 12:53 a.m. after someone in the area reported they heard a collision.
The cause is still under investigation, but police think the Broadwater lost control of his car, side-swiped a telephone pole and struck a tree, according to Officer Kenneth Wolfe, the lead investigator.
When officers arrived, they found Broadwater unresponsive. He was transported by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Lititz Borough police ask anyone who has information or witnessed the accident to call 717 626 6393.
The accident is still under investigation, Wolfe said.
Portions of Owl Hill Road were closed for around three hours while police investigated.
Police were assisted by Warwick EMS, Lititz Fire Department, East Hempfield Township police and Manheim Township police.
Man flees West Hempfield Twp. crash, leaving woman trapped in burning car
January 3, 2017
A Mount Joy man has been charged in a November crash, after which he fled on foot and left a female passenger trapped in the burning car.
Timothy S. Kelley II, of the 4400 block of Chinchilla Drive, was driving with a suspended license when he lost control of his Chevrolet Malibu on a curve, struck a wall then struck a house at 711 Prospect Road, police said. The vehicle slid back onto the road with the vehicle coming to rest on its roof.
An officer, who was dispatched to the area for a car fire, arrived to find the car’s engine compartment on fire and heard a woman screaming for help from inside the car.
The officer tried to free the woman but firefighters had to remove the door of the car to extricate her, police said. She was transported to Lancaster General Hospital with injuries from the crash.
Kelley fled the crash on foot before police arrived. Investigators determined he was traveling above the speed limit just prior to the wreck.
He was charged Dec. 9 with reckless endangerment, accidents involving death or personal injury and driving under suspension.
Kelley was taken into custody Saturday in the 800 block of Holly Tree Drive, Manheim. According to court documents, he also was wanted by West Hempfield Township police on burglary charges related to an October incident.
Kelley was arraigned and committed to Lancaster County Prison on $50,000 bail.
Driver runs away after crashing stolen SUV into Jeep, injuring woman in Lancaster
January 3, 2017
A hit-and-run driver crashed a stolen sport utility vehicle into a Jeep in Lancaster Tuesday night, city police said.
The Chevy Trailblazer was going west on Vine Street, ran a red light and struck a northbound Jeep at South Queen Street shortly before 11:30 p.m., Sgt. Bill Hickey said. The female driver of the Jeep was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with minor injuries.
The driver of the SUV ran from the wreck in an unknown direction, Hickey said. The owner of the SUV later reported it had been stolen on Farnum Street.
Police are investigating.
Traffic deaths in Lancaster County at lowest level in 54 years
January 2, 2017
The number of people killed in traffic accidents in Lancaster County in 2016 matched 2013’s total, which was the lowest in more than 50 years.
Forty-five people died in 44 wrecks last year, according to Assistant District Attorney Christine Wilson and newspaper records. That’s down from 52 deaths in 50 crashes in 2015.
The most recent year in which fewer than 45 people were killed on county roadways was 1962.
Most of the deaths “continue to be caused by operator error, such as excessive speed and inattention to the roadway,” Wilson said.
Nine pedestrians were killed, including two children ages 4 and 13.
Nine fatal crashes involved motorcycles. Weather caused two fatal accidents.
Eleven crashes involved drugs or alcohol. Both people charged with homicide by vehicle in 2016 were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Wilson said.
Bethany Gee, 19, of Ephrata, inhaled methamphetamine and smoked marijuana before a May 13 crash in West Cocalico Township that killed her friend, 20-year-old Stephanie M. Gerola, police said.
Vehicle found in Susquehanna River after police pursuit, woman freed after car overturned, Lancaster traffic accident deaths lowest in over 50 years.
Benjamin Manotti, 38, of Lancaster, was drunk when he struck a car on Route 741 in Pequea Township Jan. 16, police said. The other driver, Gregory Pizarro, 33, of Pequea, died. Manotti was charged with his third DUI.
Two people were killed in hit-and-run crashes.
Vince Nalencz, 24, of Media, was collecting trash for Eagle Disposal on Willow Street Pike North in West Lampeter Township Nov. 21, police said. Leon Anderson, 23, of Lancaster, struck Nalencz and fled the scene. Police charged Anderson.
A pedestrian was struck and killed outside of the Revere Tavern on Route 30 Feb. 19. Investigators believe Lucinda Gadaleta, 59, of Paradise, was struck by a tractor-trailer. No one has reported being involved in the crash and the case remains unsolved.
2 people injured in collision that closed Columbia Avenue on Sunday afternoon
January 1, 2017
Two people were injured in a collision Sunday afternoon that closed Columbia Avenue for nearly 90 minutes in Lancaster Township.
The crash occurred at 2:52 p.m. in the 1300 block of Columbia Avenue at Jackson Drive.
According to Lt. Greg Leaman of the Lancaster Township Fire Department, a silver 2008 Ford Edge Limited was in the westbound turning lane at the entrance of Stone Mill Plaza when it was struck by a rented white 2016 Dodge RAM 1500 SLT pickup truck heading east on Columbia Avenue.
The pickup truck gouged the macadam with a broken axle as it continued another 100 feet along the roadway, Leaman said.
Fire Chief Ron Comfort Jr. said the male driver of the SUV was experiencing neck and back pain at the scene, while a male passenger in the vehicle was complaining of neck and arm pain.
The driver was extricated from the vehicle at 3:10 p.m. after firefighters cut away the driver’s door. He and the passenger were both taken to the hospital for treatment.
Manheim Township police, assisted by officers from Manor Township, conducted a field sobriety test of the male driver of the pickup truck. The investigation is continuing.
Columbia Avenue was closed to traffic until 4:12 p.m.
Denver woman dies in crash near Lititz
December 30, 2016
A Denver woman was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Warwick Township, about three miles east of Lititz Borough, Friday evening.
Nancy Ann Gress, 60, died in the 5:28 p.m. wreck at Rothsville Road near Warwick Road, according to Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni. He said an autopsy will be performed Monday.
Northern Lancaster County Regional police said Gress was traveling east on Rothsville Road (Route 772) when her 2004 Ford Focus collided with a tractor-trailer operated by Robert F. Enteman Jr., 50, of Middletown.
A Toyota Sienna minivan, driven by 52-year-old Mark A. Cagno, of Lititz, then struck the rear of the tractor-trailer, police said.
Gress, of the 100 block of Kurtz Road, was pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy coroner.
Police said Saturday the cause of the crash hadn’t been determined.
Members of the Lancaster County crash reconstruction team, which includes officers from Lititz Borough and East Hempfield, are assisting regional police with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Norther Lancaster County Regional police at 717-733-0965.
Ephrata police investigate 2 rollover crashes
December 30, 2016
Ephrata Police announced Friday they’re investigating two separate incidents of rollover crashes that occurred on Thursday.
Two vehicles reportedly crashed on Route 222 southbound at 5:11 a.m. when Jamil Trilla, 24, of Lancaster, fell asleep while driving and drifted into a tractor trailer.
Trilla’s vehicle entered the median and rolled about three times, police said. He was transported to Lancaster General Hospital for non-fatal injuries.
The second crash reportedly occurred in the first block of Hahnstown Road at about 1:30 p.m.
Kristen Reynolds, 23, of Terre Hill, was traveling north when she lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway and overturned, police said. No injuries were reported.
Both incidents are still under investigation for potential charges, police said.
2 people injured in Christmas night vehicle-buggy collision in East Lampeter Twp.
December 25, 2016
Two people were taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries after a car and horse-drawn buggy collided Sunday evening in East Lampeter Township, authorities said.
The Christmas night accident happened around 10 p.m. near Mount Sidney and Hartman Station roads, a supervisor with Lancaster County-Wide Communications told LNP.
The buggy made a left turn lane from Horseshoe Road onto Mount Sidney Road and failed to yield to an oncoming car, East Lampeter Township police Lt. Robin Weaver Tuesday.
The impact rolled the buggy and ejected the passenger. The driver and passenger were taken to Lancaster General Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.
The driver of the car was not injured. The horse was not injured, Weaver said.
1 injured when car travels off Route 222, hits sign pole head-on in Manheim Township
December 21, 2016
One person was injured in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday in Manheim Township.
The wreck happened on southbound Route 222, just north of Route 30, about 2:40 p.m.
Manheim Township fire Chief Rick Kane said a male driver was southbound on Route 222 when his vehicle went off the right side of the highway under the Eden Road bridge.
The sedan traveled in the dirt and grass on the berm of the road, then on the right side of the guard rail before hitting the pole of an overhead sign head-on, according to Kane.
He said the driver, who was in his 30s, was semiconscious but not coherent at the scene and was taken to a local hospital.
Kane said the man’s injuries did not appear serious and said he may have suffered a medical issue prior to the crash.
3 people injured in 1-vehicle crash in East Donegal Township
December 17, 2016
Three men were injured when the driver lost control of the car, struck a house and wrapped around a tree Friday night in East Donegal Township.
Speed “was definitely a factor in the crash,” Susquehanna Regional Police Lt. Stephen Englert said.
The two-door Hyundai sedan was heading north on Colebrook Road.
After crossing Donegal Springs Road, Englert said, “there’s a good possibility they were airborne or at least the vehicle lifted.”
Police said the driver then lost control, crossed into the southbound lane, struck a house on Colebrook near Carmany Road and then the car’s undercarriage wrapped around a large tree.
“All three boys ought to be very thankful for their lives. There was definitely an angel sitting with them through that accident,” said John Winsett Jr., who is the father of the driver, Dylan Winsett.
Dylan Winsett, 20, of Elizabethtown, suffered a broken pelvis, partially collapsed lung and broken ribs, his father said.
He is conscious and alert, but it is unclear when he will be able to leave Hershey Medical Center, John Winsett Jr. said.
“I’m just very grateful to have my son here and we’ll be going one day at a time,” Winsett Jr. said.
The passengers Jordan Koser, 20, and Lucas Maldonado, 18, both of Elizabethtown, were injured as well.
Jordan Koser probably has a broken shoulder and a couple broken ribs, possibly a broken arm and broken foot, his mother Kathy Utz Koser said.
He was being treated at Lancaster General Hospital.
“It’s amazing he’s even alive from the looks of the car,” Kathy Utz Koser said Saturday. “He’s doing pretty good.”
Maldonado was treated and released Friday night from Lancaster General.
“Cuts and bruises and a slight ankle injury, but he was putting weight on it and walking last night,” his mother Kim Maldonado said.
The women said their sons, who are cousins, didn’t remember much about the crash, and the women didn’t know crash details. Koser was in the front seat and Maldonado in the back.
Winsett doesn’t recall much of the accident either, his father said.
The three men were returning from Manchester, Maryland.
Winsett and Maldonado had gone there to pick up Jordan Koser from his internship for the Christmas break, Kathy Utz Koser said.
He’s an intern at River Valley Ranch, a Christian camp.
(Staff writer Jonas Fortune contributed to this report)
Route 283 closed for over an hour after Mount Joy Twp. crash, nearby car fire
December 9, 2016
Emergency responders worked to clear a two-vehicle crash on Route 283 east near Schwanger Road reported by 911 dispatchers at about 7:53 p.m.
Dispatchers reported traffic already started to back up from a vehicle fire at about 7:09 p.m. on Route 283 near Snyder Road.
Crews reportedly extinguished and cleared the vehicle by about 8:25 p.m.
Initial scanner reports indicate one or more people have sustained injuries of unknown severity as a result of the crash.
PennDOT traffic reports on 511pa.com indicate eastbound lanes on Route 283 were closed between the Rheems and Manheim exits as of 8:23 p.m.
County 911 reported the road reopened at about 9:45 p.m. No further information was released.
Man ejected from vehicle in Salisbury Township crash; may be partially paralyzed
December 5, 2016
A man will likely be paralyzed from the waist down after being ejected in a one-vehicle crash Sunday night in Salisbury Township, according to state police.
Andrew L. Graham, 31, of Christiana, lost control of his Ford F-150 pickup truck when he overcorrected after slightly going off Meeting House Road and into a ditch, according to state police.
Graham was ejected while the car rolled over several times, police said. The crash happened between Elam Road and Old Philadelphia Pike about 8:36 p.m. Graham was driving south.
The man, who was conscious when emergency crews arrived, was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, police said.
Graham was in critical condition Monday, a Lancaster General Hospital spokeswoman said.
4 vehicles involved in Ephrata collision, 1 person injured
December 3, 2016
One person was injured in a four-vehicle crash Friday evening in Ephrata.
According to police, a northbound SUV pulling a trailer crossed the center line while passing a legally parked vehicle in the first block of Martin Avenue when it was struck by a southbound vehicle at 7:49 p.m.
The collision pushed the trailer into the parked car, police said, and the striking vehicle continued over the center line and hit another northbound vehicle head on.
A driver sustained a hand injury in the collision, and three vehicles were towed from the scene.
2 injured in 3-vehicle crash at Routes 322 and 222 in Ephrata Township
December 2, 2016
Two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash that closed several lanes of Route 322 in Ephrata Township Friday.
Justine Taylor, 50, of Elverson, was driving west on Route 322 and turned left to get onto the Route 222 southbound on-ramp at 6:45 a.m., Ephrata police said. Her car struck a sport utility vehicle driven by Sherry Umberger, 58, of Terre Hill, and a car driven by Tonya Diaz, 32, of Denver, which were both traveling east.
Taylor was taken to WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and Umberger to Lancaster General Hospital, both with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.
Several lanes of Route 322 were closed for about 45 minutes.
Paradise auto repair business owner dies after high-speed motorcycle crash in Leacock Twp.
November 28, 2016
The owner of a Paradise business died after a high-speed motorcycle crash Friday night in Leacock Township, authorities said Monday.
Darrel V. Peachey, 37, of Christiana, was pronounced dead by staff at Lancaster General Hospital shortly after midnight Saturday morning, Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said. He died from injuries sustained in the wreck.
Peachey was driving a motorcycle east on Route 340 and beared right onto Route 772, state police Trooper Frank Gawel said. He turned right and went south on Queen Road.
Peachey then went into the oncoming lane and illegally passed a witness’s vehicle, Gawel said. Peachey “accelerated very quickly” down Queen Road.
Sarah G. Swarr, 18, of Strasburg, was driving a Ford Escape west on Holly Drive, Gawel said. She turned onto Queen Road and was fully in the southbound lane when Peachey crested a hill and struck the back of the sport utility vehicle.
Peachey “was traveling at a high rate of speed which did not allow” him to avoid hitting the SUV, Gawel said. Multiple witnesses said he was speeding and driving erratically before the accident.
Peachey was lying in the road, semi-conscious, when a Gordonville ambulance crew arrived, Intercourse Fire Chief Steve Diener said. Peachey was not wearing a helmet. He was taken to LGH.
Peachey’s motorcycle slid about 200 yards on Queen Road after impact, Gawel said. Swarr and her 17-year-old male passenger from Strasburg were wearing seat belts and were not injured. The SUV sustained minor damage.
Peachey owned Peachey’s Automotive in Paradise, according to his obituary in Monday’s LNP. He graduated from Pequea Valley High School in 1997. Among his survivors are a wife and two children.
Peachey is the seventh motorcyclist who died in wrecks in Lancaster County so far this year, newspaper records show. A pedestrian also died when he was struck by a motorcycle.
Seven people died in motorcycle wrecks in the county in 2015.
Eastbound Route 30 now open after crash near Good Drive, Little Conestoga Creek
November 27, 2016
The eastbound lane of Route 30 has reopened after a vehicle crashed in East Hempfield Monday morning.
A vehicle rolled in the wreck between Good Drive and the Little Conestoga Creek shortly before 7:30 a.m., East Hempfield Township police Lt. Tammy Marsh said.
A female struck her head and had chest pain, according to county radio dispatches.
Marsh said the driver was taken to Lancaster General Hospital.
Fire police were called to help direct traffic at Route 30 and Route 741.
Eastbound traffic backed up to Mountville as one lane was closed for about an hour.
Car knocks hole in house after 2-vehicle collision in Lancaster city
November 26, 2016
A car knocked a hole in a brick house this morning in Lancaster city after a two-vehicle collision that sent one person to the hospital.
The accident happened just after 9 a.m. at the intersection of East Walnut and North Franklin streets.
In the aftermath of the collision, a blue minivan with front-end damage was resting partway up the sidewalk in front of the house at 651 E. Walnut St., while a gray sedan had rammed into the property’s front corner, leaving a roughly 3-by-3-foot hole.
The gray sedan also had driver-side damage.
One person was transported to the hospital with what weren’t believed to be severe injuries, according to an emergency responder on the scene.
Several people were inside the two-and-a-half-story property when the accident happened, but no one there was injured, according to city fire Capt. Jason Greer.
The damage to the building was minor, Greer said.
4 people taken to hospital after Friday afternoon crash in Ephrata
November 19, 2016
Four people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital Friday after a crash in Ephrata, according to Ephrata police.
A Volkswagen Jetta driven by Joseph Braun, 64, of Stevens, crossed the center line of the first block of East Mohler Church Road about 4:15 p.m. and struck a Kia Soul driven by William Robinson Jr., 54, of Parkville, Maryland, police said.
The drivers and two passengers in Robinson’s vehicle were taken to the hospital, police said. Both passengers were admitted and were in fair condition Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Shirley Singleton, 61, of Hanover, had multiple fractures. Denise Robinson, 63, of Parkville, Maryland, had an injured arm.
Neither driver was listed as a patient at LGH on Monday.
Police said the road was closed for two hours while they investigated.
York County man’s arm pulled into cement truck auger, uses free hand to call for help in Columbia
November 17, 2016
Firefighters rescued a York County man after his arm got pulled into a concrete truck auger at a Columbia business Wednesday.
The 62-year-old East Prospect man used his free hand to call a fellow Musser Supply employee for help, the owner of the business said.
The injured cement truck driver’s name was not released. He had returned to the 1605 Lancaster Ave. business after delivering concrete to a customer around 2:30 p.m., Musser Supply President John Musser said Thursday. He was cleaning out the 9-foot-long auger attached to the back of the truck.
The longtime employee knows not to reach into the 10-inch-in-diameter auger to get something out without first turning off the machine, but he “made a human mistake,” Musser said.
The man “got his hand stuck in a cement auger, which pulled his arm in up to around his elbow,” West Hempfield Township police Chief Mark Pugliese said.
Firefighters freed the man and he was taken to Lancaster General Hospital.
“He has his arm and is alive and we are thankful for that,” Musser said. The man suffered a broken arm and needed muscles and tendons repaired.
Doctors operated Wednesday night and told Musser the man will likely be able to go home in a couple days.
2 injured when 2 tractor-trailers crash in construction zone of PA Turnpike in Lancaster County
November 14, 2016
Two people were injured when in a crash involving two tractor-trailers on the westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lancaster County Monday, police said.
It happened within a construction area at mile marker 291.0 in Brecknock Township just after noon, state police at Highspire said.
Traffic backed up for miles, police said. The construction pattern was changed and one westbound lane was reopened to traffic shortly before 1 p.m.
Two people were taken to hospitals with injuries, police said. Their severity was not reported.
One man suffered a head or neck injury, according to county radio dispatches. No other information was immediately available.
Vehicle overturns along Route 222 South in East Cocalico Township
November 1, 2016
A man was injured and a vehicle ended up on its side after an accident on Route 222 South in East Cocalico Township Tuesday morning, according to county radio dispatches.
It happened at mile marker 44 near East Church Street at 6:15 a.m.
The driver was walking around after the wreck but told emergency responders he had briefly been unconscious. He was taken to an area hospital.
Car crashes into Tally Ho Tavern in Lancaster city
October 28, 2016
A car struck the Tally Ho Tavern in Lancaster Friday morning.
One car was heading north on Water Street and the other west on West Orange Street when they collided shortly before 7:30 a.m., city police Sgt. Bill Hickey said. The westbound car struck the corner of the 201 W. Orange St. tavern.
A door at the establishment was damaged, city fire Capt. David Longenecker said. There was no structural damage.
A woman complaining of shoulder pain and a 2-year-old child were checked at the scene. Hickey said there were no major injuries.
Firefighters brought the incident under control in less than 15 minutes.
2 Lancaster men seriously injured in head-on crash in Berks County
October 28, 2016
Two Lancaster men suffered major injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Berks County Friday morning.
Jeffrey Dixon, 30, of the 300 block of South Prince Street, was critically injured and James Pugh Jr., 27, of the 200 block of West James Street, had serious injuries, police said.
Pugh was driving north on Route 662 in Ruscombmanor Township at 6:15 a.m., state police Trooper Anthony Tombasco said. He was rounding a left curve near Houck Road when his car went into the oncoming lane.
The right front of Pugh’s Dodge Charger struck the left front of a southbound Ford F-250 pickup truck head-on, Tombasco said.
Dixon, Pugh’s passenger, was ejected from the car, Tombasco said.
The car caught fire after the initial impact, he said. A resident who lives near the crash scene pulled Pugh from the burning car.
The driver of the truck, Ryan Tyson, 23, of Fleetwood, had to be freed from the wreckage by firefighters, the trooper said. He sustained minor injury.
All three men were taken to Reading Hospital.
Dixon was still in critical condition as of 4:30 p.m., according to a hospital spokesperson.
Tyson was reported to be in good condition and Pugh’s injuries were still under evaluation, the spokesperson added.
Ruscombmanor, Fleetwood and Alsace Manor fire companies, as well as Oley, Fleetwood, Muhlenberg and Topton EMS personnel assisted police.
Teenager seriously injured when vehicle hits tree in East Cocalico Township
October 25, 2016
A 17-year-old Denver girl was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in East Cocalico Township late Monday.
The girl was driving north in the 200 block of North Muddy Creek Road around 10:15 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree.
The girl, who was the only occupant in the car, was initially unconscious, according to initial reports.
Denver and Smoketown firefighters freed her in about 10 minutes, township police Cpl. Darrick Keppley said said.
An ambulance took the girl to Lancaster General Hospital with serious injuries.
The girl lost control of the vehicle at a curve between Poplar Drive and Homestead Drive, about two miles west of Adamstown, Keppley said.
The vehicle crashed broadside into the tree, with the impact at the driver’s side door, he said.
Her name was not released because she is under 18 years old, Keppley said.
North Muddy Creek Road was closed between Poplar and Homestead for about an hour.
10 students, 1 chaperone injured when 3 Manheim Township school buses collide en route to band exhibition
October 24, 2016
Ten students and one adult suffered minor injuries when three Manheim Township school buses collided en route to a weekend band exhibition in Delaware County.
State police said the students and a chaperone were taken to Delaware County Memorial and Springfield hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash, which occurred at about 5:17 p.m. Saturday.
Marcie Brody, spokeswoman for Manheim Township School District, said Monday that all students were released from care on Saturday with only minor injuries.
Police said the crash occurred on Route 76 near Gulph Mills in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County.
According to a release from state police, two of the buses were stopped in the right lane because of traffic congestion when the third bus struck one from behind. The impact pushed the second bus into the rear of the first.
Two buses were disabled and were towed from the accident site, police said. The third was able to drive from the scene.
There were 100 students, three drivers and three chaperones on the buses, according to Brody. A fourth Manheim Township bus was also en route to the Marching Festival of Bands at Springfield High School, she said, but it wasn’t involved in the collision.
“All the kids are fine,” Brody said.
The buses are part of the Brightbill Transportation fleet that contracts with the district, she said. She doesn’t know if charges will be filed against the driver who caused the accident.
The students, with the exception of those taken to a hospital for treatment, were able to perform in the exhibition Saturday evening, Brody said.
“They did perform, and they did awesome,” she said. “They held their heads up high and had a great time.”
Woman injured in 2-vehicle crash in Strasburg Township
October 22, 2016
A woman was hospitalized after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 222 and Krantz Mill Road in Strasburg Township Saturday morning.
She was reportedly driving a minivan involved in a collision with a pick-up truck at about 11:34 a.m. The impact sent the pick-up truck through a nearby fence.
Route 222 was closed for about an hour while emergency crews worked on scene.
The woman reportedly sustained minor injuries. Her child passenger and the other driver were uninjured, according to fire officials.
Both vehicles sustained major damage as a result of the incident.
Bicyclist struck by vehicle in Landisville taken to hospital
October 20, 2016
A man was riding a bicycle in East Hempfield Township when he was struck by a vehicle, police said.
The vehicle was turning and the driver did not see the bicyclist before hitting the bicyclist shortly before 7:30 a.m. at Elmwood Avenue and West Main Street in Landisville, township police Lt. Tammy Marsh said.
The bicyclist was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with “moderate nonlife-threatening injuries,” she said. Names of those involved were not released. No charges were filed.
2 motorcyclists seriously injured in 4-vehicle crash on Route 30 bridge near Columbia
October 13, 2016
Two York County motorcyclists were seriously injured in a four-vehicle crash on the Route 30 bridge near Columbia Wednesday.
Shawn E. Baummer, 24, of Dover, and Travis J. Forry, 21, of Yoe, were taken to WellSpan York Hospital after the 7:15 p.m. wreck, West Hempfield Township police Chief Mark Pugliese said.
Baummer was in serious condition Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Forry was in satisfactory condition.
Fire officials arrived to find two people down in the road on the westbound side of the bridge. One person was unconscious with apparent critical injuries while the other was conscious and talking, but seriously hurt, according to radio reports.
Pugliese said the following people were involved in the accident:
Patricia L. Schnably, 65, of Freeland, Maryland, was driving a Toyota RAV 4. Donato J. Perez, 27, of Dover, York County, was driving a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle. They were not injured, Pugliese said.
Forry was driving a Suzuki 1000 motorcycle and Baummer was operating a Honda 600 motorcycle.
The bridge was closed to traffic until just after midnight, the chief said.
Police are still investigating. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call them at 717-285-5191 or 1-800-957-2677.
Firefighter taken to hospital after working at hay fire in Drumore Township
October 12, 2016
A firefighter was taken to a hospital after working at a barn fire in southern Lancaster County Wednesday.
The firefighter sat down and was not feeling well, so she was taken to Jennersville Hospital in Chester County for treatment of possible heat exhaustion, Robert Fulton Fire Chief Tracy Tomlinson said.
“It was dehydration more than anything,” he said. “She’s fine.”
Spontaneous combustion caused the fire shortly after 7 a.m. at 1602 Slate Hill Road, near Cherry Hill Road, in Drumore Township, Tomlinson said. The farm is owned by Paul L. Hess.
Farmers used tractors to pull out and break apart the burning hay while firefighters sprayed water on it to extinguish the fire, Tomlinson said. About 40 large, round bales of hay together valued at $2,800 were destroyed, but firefighters prevented the 40-by-80-foot pole barn from being damaged.
Six tankers transported water from the Peach Bottom Marina to fight the fire, he said. A hundred or more firefighters brought the fire under control around 8:30 a.m.
No animals were in the barn and cows in nearby buildings were not affected, Tomlinson said.
Fleeing motorcyclist hit tractor-trailer in East Lampeter Twp., police say
October 10, 2016
A 22-year-old man fleeing pursuit was seriously injured when his motorcycle hit an oncoming tractor-trailer in East Lampeter Township early Sunday morning, according to state police.
They did not release the man’s name but said he was taken to Lancaster General Hospital. They did not release information on any other people involved in the incident.
Police said they began chasing the man after unsuccessfully attempting a traffic stop at 3:08 a.m. in the 4000 block of East Newport Road in Leacock Township, near Pequea Valley High School.
The chase continued onto Old Philadelphia Pike in East Lampeter Township, with the motorcyclist going westbound, then turning around in the area of Eastbrook Road, police said.
They reported he was going east on Old Philadelphia Pike when he hit an oncoming tractor-trailer between Mill Creek Road and Lynwood Road; dispatchers said the crash happened at 3:17 a.m.
The road remained closed for at least five hours following the crash, according to a Lancaster County Communications supervisor.
No further details were available Sunday morning.
2 injured in Route 283 wreck in East Hempfield Township
October 5, 2016
Two people were injured in a five-car crash on Route 283 in East Hempfield Township Wednesday.
The chain-reaction crash occurred in the eastbound lanes, just west of Route 741, at 7:45 a.m., township police Lt. Tammy Marsh said. Traffic had crawled to a stop before the accident.
Two people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital with minor injuries, she said. Three children were also taken to the hospital for observation.
At one point, traffic due to the wreck backed up to Spooky Nook Road.
One lane of eastbound traffic was being allowed to go around the accident area until the road completely reopened at 8:45 a.m.
No charges have been filed, but police are investigating.
Police: Woman was driving drunk in crash that seriously injured 2 in Strasburg Twp.
October 4, 2016
A 21-year-old Manheim Township woman was drunk when she crashed her vehicle, seriously injuring two passengers, in Strasburg Township on Sunday, police said.
Samantha Jo Pfautz, of 2817 Brookfield Road, was charged with DUI, aggravated assault while DUI, driving under suspension, accidents involving death or personal injury, careless driving, a lane violation and a seatbelt violation.
She was arraigned by District Judge David Miller and released after posting $20,000 bond, court papers show.
According to charging documents, Pfautz was traveling north on Beaver Valley Pike when she lost control on a curve and struck an embankment near Bunker Hill Road shortly before 3 a.m.
Upon hitting the embankment, the vehicle spun around, ejecting Dillon Hertzog and Stevie Ewing from the car, according to a criminal complaint.
In speaking with state troopers at the scene, Pfautz said she caused the crash and said she was driving because the others were heavily intoxicated, the complaint states.
Pfautz said she wasn’t speeding and that she hydroplaned on the wet road.
She admitted to drinking 1 1/2 cups of vodka and Fireball whisky prior to the crash, according to the complaint. Police said she consented to a breath test after the accident and had a blood alcohol level of .131 percent.
Two open bottles of liquor in the car, the complaint states.
Officials said Hertzog and Ewing both had serious injuries.
Hertzog suffered a broken leg and pelvis, and had several facial fractures. Police said Ewing suffered multiple spinal fractures. It wasn’t known if they remained hospitalized Tuesday.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 19.
Route 72 reopened after 2-vehicle crash with entrapment at Lititz Road
September 29, 2016
A man had to be freed from an overturned pickup truck after a two-vehicle crash in East Hempfield Township Thursday, a fire official said.
It happened near Root’s Country Market & Auction at Route 72 and Lititz Road at 6:40 a.m.
Firefighters stabilized the truck and cut off its roof to free a man at 7:09 a.m., said East Petersburg Fire Chief James Rohrer Jr. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Rohrer did not know the severity of his injuries.
Route 72 and Lititz Road were closed until 8:15 a.m.