LOCAL LANCASTER AND SURROUNDING AREA CAR ACCIDENTS AND WORKERS COMPENSATION INJURIES IN THE NEWS
Lancaster Online is reporting on June 14, 2017 the following:
1 injured in crash involving tractor-trailer near Willow Street
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on June 5, 2017 the following:
3 injured in crash involving horse and buggy in Quarryville
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.
nitial 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 horse was reported to be running loose after the crash and officials requested a large animal veterinarian respond to the scene.
The incident is being investigated by Quarryville police but they released no information about the crash Sunday.
Motorcycle rider seriously injured after losing control on New Danville Pike
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 is expected to remain closed between Bean Road and Hoover Road for an extended period of time.
Motorcycle accident closes part of Route 283 in East Hempfield Township for more than 2 hours
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 for more than two hours.
The road reopened just after 2:30 p.m.
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 rider was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. An earlier report that a helicopter transported the patient was incorrect.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 30, 2017 the following:
12 injured when carriage overturns during horse and buggy tour near Intercourse
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 23, 2017 the following:
2 injured in rollover crash on northbound Route 222 in Ephrata Township
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 21, 2017 the following:
3-car crash at Lancaster city intersection injures at least 2, damages home
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 16, 2017 the following:
Bus with school students from Philly overturns on Interstate 95 in Maryland; At least 25 hurt
Bus overturns on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland
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.
Opinion: An experienced accident attorney should be consulted by all the injured parties, as the responsible party may have insurance limits which may not fully compensate the injured victims.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 12, 2017 the following:
Route 283 west reopened after 4-vehicle crash in East Hempfield Township
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 9, 2017 the following:
4 injured in Lancaster city crash
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 and arm pain.
Names of the persons involved were not available Monday night.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 3, 2017 the following:
3 elderly people trapped for 20 minutes, injured in Manheim Township 2-vehicle crash
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on April 26, 2017 the following:
Lancaster County woman, injured by distracted driver, pushes for harsher laws for texting behind the wheel
Joey Eddins is grateful she can walk, although she has constant pain and a recurring limp.
She says she’s not bitter about the driver who was texting as he pulled from the McDonald’s parking lot on Columbia Avenue and into her path on June 25, 2016 — injuring her and ending her career as an EMT.
“I still have nerve damage, and pain every day,” said Eddins, 49. “It’s fairly clear my ability to jump on and off an ambulance or carry a patient down the stairs won’t be happening any time soon.”
Now working as an EMS instructor, Eddins devotes her spare time to making drivers keep their eyes on the road.
“You can’t change anything without awareness,” Eddins said Tuesday. “If we get even one person to put down their phone while they’re driving, then the day’s a success.”
On Thursday, Eddins will join first responders in Columbia to spread the message even further.
Meet, greet, pledge
Thursday’s meet-and-greet event begins at 6 p.m. at the municipal building, 308 Locust St., with members of Columbia Borough and Northern Lancaster County Regional police departments, Columbia Fire Department, Columbia Emergency Medical Services and Susquehanna Valley EMS.
As an emergency responder, Joey Eddins has worked plenty of accidents caused by motorists wh…
Attendees will be urged to sign a “no texting and driving” pledge. Refreshments will be provided, and Eddins will talk about her life since the disabling crash.
Nationally, over a million vehicle crashes each year involve distracted drivers, the National Safety Council estimated.
In Pennsylvania, 44 people died in cellphone-involved crashes since 2012, according to PennDOT, including a New Providence woman who died in 2015 when a texting driver veered into her vehicle in Strasburg Township.
Columbia police Chief Jack Brommer on Tuesday lauded Eddins for raising the issue on the state level, and said Thursday’s event will remind motorists about the hazards of texting and driving.
“Joey Eddins’ story best exemplifies why distracted driving should matter to everyone,” Brommer said. “Her life was forever changed due to the actions of a distracted driver.”
$50 is nothing
Eddins said she wants harsher laws to discourage texting while driving.
Currently, she said, a driver caught texting behind the wheel faces a $50 fine.
“That’s nothing,” Eddins said. “Somebody has a fender bender, they pay their $50 and they don’t think twice about it. Tomorrow they’re texting and driving again.”
Miller, in a memo urging support of the House bill, said the penalty for texting while driving in Pennsylvania is “among the lowest in the nation and has done little to curb this ever increasing danger.”
He hopes to raise fines to $250 for the first offense, with higher rates for subsequent offenses.
In an email Tuesday, Miller said cell phones and other hand-held devices “can become a source of great distraction” on the roads.
Like drinking a 4-pack
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says people who text while driving have a 23 percent higher chance of causing a crash.
That’s about the same likelihood of a person who drinks four beers and gets behind the wheel, according to the NHTSA website. In 2015, the agency reports, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers.
“We’re losing more people to this than to DUI,” Eddins said. “If the numbers (of fatal and serious accidents) are the same as DUI, the penalties need to be the same.”
Gov. Tom Wolf in November signed Daniel’s Law, which imposes a two- to five-year prison sentence on anyone who causes a death or serious injury while texting behind the wheel.
Repeat violators should lose their license for good, Eddins said.
Opinion: As personal injury lawyers, we always seek additional damages for injured victims as a result of texting while driving.
Route 30 East to Route 222 North ramp reopens after tractor-trailer overturned
Traffic was stalled at the junction of routes 222 and 30 in Manheim Township for several hours after a midday accident Tuesday.
A tractor-trailer overturned around 11:45 a.m., according to a Lancaster County-wide Communications dispatch supervisor. The scene was cleared and roads reopened at around 5 p.m.
The incident shut down the Route 30 East and Route 222 North ramp, the supervisor said.
The accident happened after a tractor-trailer traveling on Route 222 South to Route 30 East lost control and struck a tractor-trailer traveling in the other direction on the ramp from Route 30 East to Route 222 North. The first tractor-trailer overturned onto the second one, according to a release from Manehim Township police.
There was one minor injury, police said.
The truck was carrying fertilizer, according to dispatch reports.
Lancaster Online is reporting on April 25, 2017 the following:
Mock crash at Hempfield High School gives students a stunning dose of reality
What started as a magical night for five Hempfield High School seniors ended in disaster.
It happened in a matter of minutes — two totaled vehicles, two fatalities, one arrest and several injuries. And booze. Lots of it.
Thankfully, it was just a simulation, arranged Monday by Hempfield administrators and emergency personnel to caution students of the potential ramifications of impaired driving.
The mock scenario — featuring student actors but real-life emergency responders and equipment — was meant to get students thinking as prom, just four days away, draws near.
And it worked.
“It’s kind of tough seeing it with people you know,” Morgan Mahute, 18, said. “It definitely brings it to life, and with prom coming up, it gives you something to think about.”
Several in attendance were visibly disturbed by the graphic nature of the simulation, which lasted less than an hour. One female student not a part of the simulation fainted. She later regained consciousness and was treated by paramedics on-site.
“It makes you think,” Josh Warren, 18, said. “It opened my eyes to the realities of drunk(en) driving.”
Following the simulation, students moved inside the school’s Performing Arts Center to listen to testimonies from two parents who know all-too-well the realities of impaired driving.
Christopher Demko’s youngest daughter, Meredith, 18, was killed just one mile away from her home in 2014 by a driver who was both drunk and high on heroin. Demko later formed PA Parents Against Impaired Driving in an effort to tighten laws regarding impaired driving.
Kate Leger’s daughter, Britany, 15, was killed by an impaired driver in 2010. Leger is now an event organizer for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Chester County.
“Losing a child is the worst thing that a parent can ever go through,” Demko told the students. “You are the most important thing in their lives. Try to remember that.”
East Hempfield Township police Officer Jeremy Henry, who serves as Hempfield’s school resource officer, said these types of incidents cause “everlasting” effects.
“All of the families … have to deal with this the rest of their lives,” Henry said. “Officers, people who were here, they’re going to remember this.”
The impaired driver, Henry said, could face fines, court costs, anywhere from two to 10 or more years of imprisonment, perhaps greater than $1 million in civil suits, a suspended license and mandatory drug or alcohol treatment. That’s not including the worst impact of all, he said.
“The emotional toll is far greater than anything we could do,” Henry said. “Throwing somebody in jail — that’s peanuts.”
Susquehanna EMS, East Hempfield Township Police Department and the Hempfield, East Petersburg, West Hempfield, Mountville and Rohrestown fire departments took part in Monday’s simulation.
Opinion: A great sobering message presented by Hempfield.
Lancaster Online is reporting on April 19, 2017 the following:
Leola man admits to drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana before crash that injured 3 passengers
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.
How dangerous air bags can find their way into used cars
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government’s efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There’s nothing that prevents the devices from being taken from wrecked cars and reused.
Karina Dorado’s trachea was punctured by shrapnel from an inflator after a relatively minor crash in Las Vegas on March 3. She was rushed to a trauma center, where surgeons removed pieces that damaged her vocal cords. She is still being treated for neck injuries.
Dorado, 18, is among nearly 200 people injured or killed by the inflators, which can explode when the chemical propellant inside degrades. What’s different about her case is how the inflator wound up in her family’s 2002 Honda Accord in the first place.
Dorado’s father, Jose, bought the car for her in March of last year so she could get to and from her job at a customer service call center, attorneys for the family said Wednesday. The family did not know the car’s history, including that it had been wrecked in Phoenix and declared a total loss by an insurance company in 2015, the attorneys said.
According to AutoCheck, a service that tracks vehicle histories, the car was given a salvage title, repaired and resold in Las Vegas last spring.
Engineers from Honda inspected Dorado’s car after the crash and found that the inflator blew apart. They traced the inflator serial number to a 2001 Accord, which had been covered by a recall but never had the inflator replaced.
Honda spokesman Chris Martin said the air bag in the 2001 Accord must have been removed by a salvage yard, or it could have been stolen. Somehow it ended up with the shop that repaired the car eventually bought by the Dorados.
It’s perfectly legal under federal law for air bag assemblies or other parts subject to recall to be pulled out of wrecked cars and sold by junkyards to repair shops that may not even know the danger. No government agency monitors the transactions. In addition, no states appear to have laws against the reuse of recalled parts.
“What there should be is a program that prevents old air bags from being recycled,” said Michael Brooks, acting director of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety.
Carfax, another auto history tracking service, said it is unknown just how many cars are sold each year with salvage titles, but they number in the thousands.
At least 16 people have been killed by Takata inflators worldwide and more than 180 injured. The problem touched off the biggest automotive recall in U.S. history, with 69 million inflators recalled. About 100 million have been recalled globally. Takata has been fined and faces lawsuits, and it could be driven into bankruptcy.
The inflator that nearly killed Dorado was among the most dangerous made by Takata. In testing, inflators taken from older Hondas had a 50 percent chance of blowing apart, prompting the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue desperate pleas for people to get them replaced.
Unlike most other air bag makers, Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the bags in a crash. But the chemical deteriorates over time when exposed to heat and humidity, causing it to burn too fast and blow apart a metal canister.
Attorneys for the Dorado family said they are trying to find out where Jose Dorado bought the Accord.
“It’s a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened,” said Billie-Marie Morrison, one of the attorneys. “You would think in today’s age with communications technology these types of things should not be allowed to happen.”
Morrison said she doesn’t know if the elder Dorado checked the Accord’s vehicle identification number in a government database of recalled vehicles to see if it had any unfixed recalls.
Had he checked, he would have been given a false sense of security: The NHTSA website says the car has zero outstanding recalls. Honda said that before the Phoenix wreck, the previous owners had the air bag inflator replaced twice under recalls.
The federal government has no authority over used car sales and cannot stop air bags from being resold, a NHTSA spokeswoman said. The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators said it knows of no states that prohibit salvaged parts from being reused, though some require parts to be inspected to make sure they aren’t stolen.
Honda’s Martin said the automaker has a program to buy up air bags made by Takata. In the past few years it has purchased 60,000 to take them out of circulation, he said.
Brooks said people should be suspicious of cars with salvage titles because there is no way of knowing where the parts came from or the quality of the repair work. Although some are safe, stolen or counterfeit parts can be used, he said.
“There are just so many questions that are impossible to answer,” he said. “I would always recommend buying something that has no crash history if you can.”
Krisher reported from Detroit.
Lancaster Online is reporting on April 18, 2017 the following:
Route 222 North down to 1 lane; won’t reopen until 2 p.m. as crews clean up tractor-trailer crash
An early morning tractor-trailer accident on Route 222 North continues to cause traffic delays on several major Lancaster County roads.
Northbound Route 222 won’t completely reopen until around 2 p.m., according to Manheim Township police Chief Tom Rudzinski.
The accident happened around 6 a.m. when a tractor-trailer northbound on Route 222 rolled onto its side after the driver lost control, Rudzinski said.
The truck was loaded with grain. The cause of the crash is under investigation, he said.
“It’s going to be a lengthy process to off-load that grain and remove the truck,” Rudzinski said.
There may be times today when both lanes of Route 222 will be temporarily shutdown, he said.
For several hours this morning Route 222 North was closed from Route 30 to Route 272, according to a Lancaster County-wide Communications dispatch supervisor said.
According to 511pa.com’s traffic map, traffic was backed up on Routes 501, 272, 222 and 23.
At least one person was trapped inside the tractor-trailer and is injured, the supervisor said.
“Police are doing the best they can to keep traffic moving,” Lancaster County Commissioner Josh Parsons posted on Twitter just before 9 a.m. “Patience is needed.”
Opinion: Drivers injured in the course and scope of their employment should be entitled to workers compensation benefits.
Lancaster Online is reporting on April 17, 2017 the following:
Vehicle shears utility pole, driver may be injured, in Ephrata Township crash
Emergency crews are responding to reports of an injured person at a single-vehicle crash in Ephrata Township.
The collision occurred at around 1:45 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Valley View Drive and North State Street.
According to dispatches on Lancaster County-wide Communications, a vehicle driven by a woman, 49, struck a telephone pole and spun into a field.
A unit on the scene reported that the pole was sheared off but was not blocking the roadway.
Lancaster Online is reporting on April 13, 2017 the following:
Sedan, propane truck collide in Willow Street
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on April 6, 2017 the following:
1 injured in Manheim Township crash
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on March 27, 2017 the following:
Tractor-trailer accident stalls traffic on Route 30 in Salisbury Township
An early morning tractor-trailer accident is causing traffic delays on Route 30 in Salisbury Township.
The accident was reported just before 6:30 a.m., east of the routes 30 and 41 interchange in Gap, according to Lancaster County-wide Communications.
It involved a tractor-trailer and at least one other car, a dispatch supervisor said.
Traffic on Route 30 is stalled on the 5500 block between Umbletown and Old Highway roads, the supervisor said.
Comment: Tractor trailer accidents involving injury require immediate personal injury lawyer involvement to preserve the truck’s data which is often useful in showing negligence.
Lancaster Online is reporting on March 22, 2017 the following:
4 seriously injured in head-on collision on Route 222 in East Cocalico Township
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on March 21, 2017 the following:
Route 222 South in East Cocalico Township reopens after accident shut down both lanes
An accident that closed a portion of Route 222 South early Tuesday afternoon has been cleared.
Both southbound lanes of Route 222 have reopened. The lanes were shut down between Colonel Howard Boulevard and Route 322, according to a Lancaster County-wide Communications supervisor.
The accident happened just before 2 p.m. and was cleared about an hour later, according to 511PA.
Several medics and ambulances are on scene, according to dispatch reports.
Information on the number of vehicles involved and injuries was not immediately available.
Lancaster Online is reporting on March 6, 2017 the following:
4 men injured in fall while rebuilding West Cocalico Twp. barn destroyed by storms
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.
He didn’t know how seriously the men were hurt but said all four were taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
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.
Check back to Lancaster Online for updates to this story.
Comment: Injuries on the job qualify for workers compensation benefits and the injured workers may be entitled to a personal injury lawsuit depending on the facts surrounding their injury. An experienced workers compensation lawyer and personal injury should investigate to pursue all potential avenues for recovery.
Lancaster Online is reporting on March 5, 2017 the following:
SUV driver injured in collision involving 2 tractor-trailers near Dutch Wonderland
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on February 21, 2017 the following:
2 injuries reported in Route 222 crash
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on February 20, 2017 the following:
Woman struck in Ephrata crosswalk, hospitalized with serious injuries, police say
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.
Fontanez was in a good condition Sunday afternoon, according to hospital spokesman John Lines.
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.
Comment: A pedestrian struck potentially has UIM rights and should seek the advice of a car accident attorney to fully understand their rights.
Lancaster Online is reporting on February 16, 2017 the following:
Crash injured 2, delayed traffic on Route 283 in Manheim Township
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Route 283 westbound near Exit 741 in Manheim Township Wednesday afternoon, according to 911.
Emergency responders were dispatched at about 4:13 p.m.
County 911 reported two patients with injuries of unknown severity and one lane closure. Traffic was reportedly slowed for about an hour.
Responders said traffic was backed up all the way to Route 30.
Both patients, one from each vehicle, were transported to Lancaster General Hospital, according to Manheim Township fire officials.
The crash was reportedly the result of a rear-end collision. Early reports of a person trapped in a vehicle were later recalled.
Lancaster Online is reporting on February 10, 2017 the following:
Mail truck overturns in 2-car accident in Lancaster Township Thursday afternoon
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.
Comment: Injured postal workers fall into the federal workers compensation system, which requires specialized legal knowledge.
Lancaster Online is reporting on February 8, 2017 the following:
Police say driver was drunk when he fled crash that injured 1 in Rapho Township
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.
Comment: Intoxication can be an aggravating factor. An experienced car accident lawyer knows how to use this to increase the injured party’s recovery.
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 25, 2017 the following:
2 crashes snarl traffic on north side of Lancaster city Tuesday afternoon; 4 hurt
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 24, 2017 the following:
2 hospitalized after car hits pole on Strasburg Pike in West Lampeter Township
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.
Comment: A car accident lawyer should review the case facts given the type of vehicle involved and the known problems to exist on said vehicle.
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 19, 2017 the following:
Lancaster County residents question safety of driverless cars on roads with Amish buggies, scooters
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.
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.”
Comment: As personal injury/car accident lawyers, we have seen far too often the insurance available on buggies. In most cases where the buggy operator is at fault, there is not enough insurance to cover the injuries our clients have sustained.
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 17, 2017 the following:
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 4, 2017 the following:
Man flees West Hempfield Twp. crash, leaving woman trapped in burning car
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
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.
Comment: An experienced car accident lawyer would be able to help this injured individual determine if there is any liability or uninsured insurance coverage.
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 3, 2017 the following:
Traffic deaths in Lancaster County at lowest level in 54 years
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.
Comment: Death cases require special attention by an experienced car accident attorney.
2 people injured in collision that closed Columbia Avenue on Sunday afternoon
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.
Car overturns, 1 person trapped, in 3-vehicle crash in Pequea Township
Rescue workers are responding to reports of a three-car collision, with entrapment, at New Danville Pike and Marticville Road in Pequea Township.
The crash was reported at 6:30 p.m. A dispatcher with Lancaster County-wide Communications said one of the vehicles was overturned. Four people require medical treatment at the scene, the dispatcher said.
An emergency responder at the scene said one person was trapped in the overturned car.
Motorists should avoid the area.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 27, 2016 the following:
At least one injured in Christmas night vehicle-buggy collision in East Lampeter Twp.
At least one person was 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.
Details were still emerging from the scene, but at least three other people were involved in the wreck, the dispatcher said.
The horse broke free from the scene. As of 10:30 p.m., the dispatcher said authorities were still trying to locate it.
No other details were immediately available.
Check back to LancasterOnline for updates to this article.
Comment: An experienced Lancaster car accident attorney can determine if homeowner’s insurance should be involved if an animal is the cause of an accident.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 21, 2016 the following:
1 injured when car travels off Route 222, hits sign pole head-on in Manheim Township
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.
Man injured when vehicle crashes into wall along Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lancaster County
A man was injured when he crashed his vehicle into a wall along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lancaster County Monday morning, according to county radio dispatches.
It happened along the westbound lanes at mile marker 287.0 in Brecknock Township, near East Cocalico Township, shortly before 7 a.m.
The man was initially reported to be unconscious, but was then said to be awake, but not alert.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 18, 2016 the following:
3 people injured in 1-vehicle crash in East Donegal Township
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.
Comment: Anytime the result of an accident renders the vehicle this badly damaged, an experienced personal injury lawyer should investigate the crashworthiness of the car.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 12, 2016 the following:
Route 283 closed for over an hour after Mount Joy Twp. crash, nearby car fire
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
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 5, 2016 the following:
A person was ejected from a vehicle in a Salisbury Township crash Sunday night, according to emergency dispatch reports.
Those reports indicated that the single-vehicle crash happened on Meeting House Road between Elam Road and Old Philadelphia Pike about 8:36 p.m., and that the person was conscious.
No further information was immediately available.
Comment: An accident involving an ejection, where a seatbelt is worn, may warrant a personal injury attorney’s investigation to see if a products liability case exists.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 3, 2016 the following:
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 2, 2016 the following:
Police asked motorists to avoid Route 322 at southbound Route 222 in Ephrata Township Friday morning due to traffic after a vehicle crash with injuries.
Lanes are closed and there is limited access to the southbound Route 222 ramp, Ephrata police said.
The three-vehicle accident happened at 6:45 a.m. and no one was trapped in the vehicles as initially reported, according to county radio dispatches.
Police did not say when the crash would be cleared and lanes reopened.
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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.
Comment: A personal injury lawyer could help this person seek the compensation they deserve for another’s negligence.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 27, 2016 the following:
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 20, 2016 the following:
Four people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital Friday after a crash in Ephrata, according to Ephrata police.
Police said in a news release that the 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 the Kia Soul driven by William Robinson Jr., 54, of Parkville, Maryland.
Along with the drivers, two passengers in Robinson’s vehicle were taken to the hospital, the report said. It did not identify the passengers, and police did not immediately respond to a request for that information Saturday evening.
The report noted that the road was closed for approximately two hours while police investigated the crash.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 17, 2016 the following:
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 14, 2016 the following:
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.
Comment: With any case involving a tractor-trailer, you should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Many times the trucking companies hide/forge/alter vital documentation which can help obtain a greater recovery.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 1, 2016 the following:
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 28, 2016 the following:
Two people were taken to the hospital to be checked for injuries after a car struck a building in Lancaster Friday morning, according to county radio dispatches.
The wreck happened at West Orange and North Water streets around 7:15 a.m.
A woman complained of shoulder pain at the scene and a child needed to be checked for possible injury.
There was damage to a building. Firefighters brought the incident under control in less than 15 minutes.
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.
Ruscombmanor, Fleetwood and Alsace Manor fire companies, as well as Oley, Fleetwood, Muhlenberg and Topton EMS personnel assisted police.
Comment: Anytime a car catches fire after a collision, you should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine if the car manufacturer has any liability.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 25, 2016 the following:
One person was injured in a single-vehicle crash in East Cocalico Township late Monday.
The accident occurred around 10:15 p.m. in the 200 block of North Muddy Creek Road, between Poplar Drive and Homestead Drive, about two miles west of Adamstown.
Initial reports were of a vehicle into a tree with the driver unconscious. Officials arriving at the scene confirmed one female trapped and injured.
It took fire crews about 15 minutes to free the female from the car.
A medical helicopter was placed on standby but was later released. The driver was taken by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital.
North Muddy Creek Road was expected to remain closed between Poplar and Homestead for an extended time for crash reconstruction, according to dispatch reports.
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.”
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 23, 2016 the following:
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.
Comment: After an accident, you should consult an experienced personal injury and workers compensation attorney to make sure that the person who caused the accident was not in the course of their employment, which may allow you collect additional insurance proceeds.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 20, 2016 the following:
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.
Comment: Often an experienced and knowledgeable car accident attorney is able to obtain UIM benefits for injured bicyclists.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 18, 2016 the following:
Eastbound lanes of Route 283 have been reopened at Spooky Nook Road in East Hempfield Township after two vehicle accidents this morning, police said.
A motorcycle struck a vehicle between Spooky Nook Road and Landisville Road around 7:45 a.m., township police Lt. Tammy Marsh said. That crash forced traffic to abruptly stop, resulting in another five-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer.
Three motorists were injured and taken to a hospital for evaluation, she said. One lane of the road was reopened to traffic before 8:30 a.m. and the other was reopened 15 minutes later.
Hempfield and East Petersburg firefighters, Susquehanna Valley EMS and Lancaster EMS assisted police.
Comment: Accidents involving tractor trailers require a personal injury lawyer with the knowledge of what information to obtain. Many cases hinge the driver’s log books and the truck’s maintenance records.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 17, 2016 the following:
The eastbound lane of Route 30 has reopened after a vehicle crashed in East Hempfield this 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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 13, 2016 the following:
Two people were seriously injured in a crash involving two motorcycles and two vehicles on the Route 30 bridge near Columbia Wednesday.
Units were dispatched to the westbound side of the bridge just after 7 p.m.
Fire officials arriving at the scene reported two patients down in the road. One person was unconscious with apparent critical injuries while the other was conscious and talking but seriously hurt, according to radio reports.
West Hempfield Township police said the two motorcycle riders were taken to York hospitals but their conditions weren’t available late Wednesday night.
Westbound lanes of the highway were closed at Route 441 as police investigated.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 12, 2016 the following:
A firefighter was taken to a hospital after working at a barn fire in southern Lancaster County Wednesday.
The female 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.
When hay is not completely dry, it can heat up and combust.
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 11, 2016 the following:
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 5, 2016 the following:
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.
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.
Lancaster Online is reporting on September 29, 2016 the following:
A pickup truck rolled onto its side in a two-vehicle crash on Route 72 at Lititz Road Thursday morning, according to county radio dispatches.
A person was trapped in the pickup truck after the 6:40 a.m. wreck in East Hempfield Township.
Route 72 and Lititz Road were closed. Fire police are directing traffic on detours around the site.
The person was freed from the pickup truck at 7:09 a.m. and was being taken to a local hospital.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on September 28, 2016 the following:
The driver was taken to the hospital after a tractor-trailer overturned in Penn Township early Wednesday, a county dispatch supervisor said.
It happened in the 1700 block of Lebanon Road (Route 72) at around 12:45 a.m.
The driver’s injuries were not serious.
Route 72 was closed for about five hours.
The dispatch supervisor did not know what the tractor-trailer was hauling, but said it was not hazardous materials.
A truck driver was hurt early Wednesday after his tractor-trailer overturned in Penn Township.
Northern Lancaster County Regional police said the incident happened around 12:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of Lebanon Road (Route 72).
Maurice Cannon, 62, of Bridgeville, Delaware, was driving north when he approached a curve and the tractor and trailer rolled onto their sides, striking a building at 1171 Lebanon Road.
Cannon was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with minor injuries.
The tractor-trailer is owned by 2012 Transport, of Ellendale, Delaware, police said.
Route 72 was closed for about five hours.
A county dispatch supervisor did not know what the tractor-trailer was hauling, but said it was not hazardous materials.
Lancaster Online is reporting on September 21, 2016 the following:
A driver was ejected from a vehicle that rolled several times after a possible collision on Route 272 near West Willow Road in Pequea Township Tuesday evening.
The incident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. Initial scanner reports claimed the driver was bleeding from the neck.
The vehicle reportedly left the roadway and rolled several yards before coming to rest on its roof.
The driver was transported to Lancaster General Hospital and was said to be in stable condition, according to West Willow Fire Chief Jason Topper.
Two people in another vehicle reportedly involved in the incident sustained minor injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Emergency crews were still on scene by 9:30 p.m
Lancaster Online is reporting on September 19, 2016 the following:
Two riders were seriously hurt when their motorcycle collided with a minivan in Colerain Township Sunday.
The crash occurred on Kirkwood Pike (Route 472) and Hideaway Drive, three miles south of Quarryville, just after 2:30 p.m.
State police said the 2003 Honda cycle was heading south on Kirkwood Pike when it struck a minivan that had pulled from a private drive and into the path of the bike.
Authorities both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle. They were wearing helmets and eye protection, police said.
The operator of the cycle, Steven White, of Newark, Delaware, was flown by Delaware-based JeffSTAT medical helicopter to Lancaster General Hospital. Police said Sunday night that his injuries are considered life-threatening.
White’s passenger, Michelle Shober, of Quarryville, was taken via ambulance to LGH. Her injuries are serious but she is expected to survive, officials said.
The driver of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, Amanda Benson, of Quarryville, was not hurt. Two children in her vehicle, a 2-year-old girl and a 7-month-old boy, also were uninjured, according to police.
State police said the crash remains under investigation and ask anyone with information to call 717-299-7650.
Lancaster Online is reporting on September 16, 2016 the following:
One person was injured in a single-vehicle crash near Elizabethtown Thursday afternoon.
Crews were called to North Market Street (Route 230) and Mill Road at 3:30 p.m. for a report of an accident with entrapment.
A vehicle reportedly went off the road, traveled in to some trees and flipped onto its roof, trapping a man inside.
It took fire crews nearly 30 minutes to free the occupant from the car.
The man was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The severity of his injuries wasn’t immediately known.
Lancaster Online is reporting on September 7, 2016 the following:
A motorcyclist was injured in a crash with a car at Routes 340 and 30 in the Bridgeport area of East Lampeter Township Wednesday morning, according to county radio dispatches.
The man was conscious, but immediately remained down on the ground after the wreck shortly after 7 a.m. He reportedly had not been wearing a helmet.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on September 6, 2016 the following:
A motorcyclist and his passenger were seriously injured after being struck by a drunken driver Monday in Paradise Township, police said.
John David Bawell, 38, of 1437 White Oak Road, Paradise, was charged with aggravated assault with a vehicle while DUI, accident involving death or personal injury and possession of a small amount of marijuana. He is being held at Lancaster County Prison on $100,000 bail.
David Sparks and a female passenger, both 52, were taken to Lancaster General Hospital with serious injuries, state police Trooper Keith Lear said in a criminal complaint. Sparks suffered a broken leg and broken ribs. The woman’s injuries were not reported.
Lear said Bawell, who fled the scene of the collision before returning 15 minutes later, was not injured.
Bawell’s pickup truck struck the motorcycle shortly after 11:30 a.m. at Route 896 and White Oak Road when he failed to yield the right of way, Lear said in the complaint.
Bawell did not have proper emissions testing, vehicle registration or automobile insurance, and he refused a blood test after failing sobriety tests, according to police.
A preliminary hearing is set before District Judge Raymond S. Sheller at 2 p.m. Sept. 20.
Five people, including an infant, were taken to the hospital after a head-on crash in Mount Joy Township Monday night, police said.
Tyler Wieder was driving a Dodge Charger north near T.J. Rockwell’s American Grill & Tavern in the 800 block of Mount Gretna Road shortly before 9 p.m., Lt. Carl D. Steinhart said Tuesday. The 22-year-old was speeding and illegally passing vehicles.
Wieder passed a vehicle and went into the oncoming lane of traffic, crashing head-on into a Chevy Silverado pickup truck, Steinhart said. Leandra Wieder, no age given, was also in the car.
All five occupants of the two vehicles, including an infant, were taken to Hershey Medical Center for evaluation, Steinhart said.
Tyler Wieder was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman. No information was available regarding the conditions of Leandra Wieder or the other patients, whom police did not identify.
Northwest Regional police ask anyone with information about the wreck to call them at 717-367-8481.
Two 17-year-old girls were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Drumore Township Sunday.
The accident occurred on Fishing Creek Hollow Road just before 2 p.m.
A fire official said a Jeep Cherokee went off the one-lane gravel road, up an embankment and rolled over, trapping the driver inside. The girl was conscious as crews from Rawlinsville Fire Company worked to free her from the SUV. The passenger appeared to have minor injuries.
Both teens were taken to Lancaster General Hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available.
State police are investigating.
Lancaster Online is reporting on August 26, 2016 the following:
Five people were hospitalized Thursday after a two-vehicle crash in Upper Leacock Township.
Two people were trapped inside a vehicle for 40 minutes, but no one was seriously injured.
The vehicles collided around 11:45 a.m. at Creek Hill and Hellers Church roads, with one vehicle coming to rest on its side on top of the other one.
Five ambulances and four advanced life support units were called to the scene.
Firefighters said a front windshield and a car roof had to be removed to reach two people who were freed at 12:25 p.m.
Three people in one vehicle and two people in the other were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor to moderate injuries, according to East Lampeter Township police Lt. Robin Weaver.
Weaver said the collision happened after the vehicle traveling south on Hellers Church Road didn’t stop and collided with the vehicle that was lawfully driving westbound on Creek Hill Road.
The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was from out of state, as were the passengers in the vehicle, Weaver said.
The intersection was closed until 1:30 p.m.
Lancaster Online is reporting on August 24, 2016 the following:
One person riding a motorcycle was critically injured Tuesday morning in a collision with another vehicle in East Hempfield Township.
The name of the driver of the motorcycle is not being released at this time, Lt. Tammy Marsh said Tuesday afternoon. Marsh said the person was taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment following the 11:45 a.m. accident.
The driver of the other vehicle was not injured, Marsh said.
The accident occurred in the 600 block of Landisville Road, between Spooky Nook Road and Long Road.
The stretch was closed for several hours as police investigated.
Lancaster Online is reporting on August 22, 2016 the following:
A male was struck by a vehicle along Route 272 in northern Lancaster County Monday morning. He was down on the road after the 7 a.m. wreck along North Reading Road near West Church Street in East Cocalico Township, according to county radio dispatches.
The male was taken to Reading Hospital. No information about the severity of his injuries was immediately available.
A person was reportedly trapped in a vehicle after it rolled over in a crash in Lancaster city Monday afternoon, according to county radio dispatches.
It happened along East Walnut Street between Pleasure Road and Ranck Avenue at 1:30 p.m. The person was freed from the vehicle at 1:43 p.m.
Initial dispatches said the vehicle could be in the Conestoga River, but responders reported the car was not in the water.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on August 10, 2016 the following:
A motorcycle rider was injured when his bike collided with a tractor-trailer in Elizabethtown Tuesday evening.
The crash occurred in the 100 block of South Market Street just before 6 p.m.
The rider was taken to Hershey Medical Center for treatment but police did not know his condition late Tuesday.
Officers remained at the scene for several hours as a crash reconstruction team investigated.
Officials said Tuesday night they were still working to determine how the collision occurred and expect to release additional information Wednesday morning.
Lancaster Online is reporting on August 5, 2016 the following:
County 911 dispatch reported a vehicle overturned near the intersection of S. Queen and W. Vine Streets in Lancaster at about 4:12 p.m, leading emergency crews to close the street for over an hour.
Witnesses reported the vehicle’s driver was responsive, but sustained injuries of unknown severity. EMS responders arrived on scene to evaluate the driver.
No word has yet been released as to what caused the accident.
Lancaster Online is reporting on July 28, 2016 the following:
Three people were reported to have serious injuries after a one-car crash in northern Lancaster County Wednesday night.
Crews were called to the 2200 block of Laurel Lane at 9:20 p.m. for a report of a vehicle overturned with multiple people trapped. The crash site was just south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and about six miles west of Morgantown.
According to initial reports, one person was unconscious while the other two had altered levels of alertness.
Officials arriving at the scene confirmed heavy entrapment and placed a helicopter on standby. Crews later opted to transport the injured by ambulances to area hospitals.
No other information was available late Wednesday.
More than a dozen people were transported to area hospitals after a crash in eastern Lancaster County Wednesday.
Multiple medical units were dispatched to Newport and Stumptown roads in Upper Leacock Township after the 4 p.m. accident which involved a full-size van and a small tourist bus.
The Amish Farm and House bus was carrying 14 passengers, all of whom were taken to the hospital, according to Upper Leacock Township fire Chief Jared Nolt. He said most had minor injuries while two suffered more serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.
Neither the bus or van driver was injured. There were no other occupants of the van.
The crash is being investigated by East Lampeter Township police.
Lancaster Online is reporting on July 26, 2016 the following:
A motorcyclist struck a female pedestrian in the 100 block of North Third Street in Columbia Tuesday, according to county radio dispatches.
She was down in the road and was conscious and breathing after the 9:45 a.m. wreck.
The rider was not injured.
Lancaster Online is reporting on July 25, 2016 the following:
A nearly two-mile stretch of Lincoln Highway East (Route 30) has re-opened after a crash near Paradise.
The highway was closed from Black Horse Road to McIlvaine Road for about 90 minutes as officials investigated a two-vehicle crash just west of Keim Chevrolet, 3265 Lincoln Highway East, that occurred just before 3 p.m.
Three people were taken to the hospital. Paradise Fire Chief Pat Cosgrove said two appeared to have serious injuries.
Cosgrove said both vehicles were westbound and confirmed a report that one of the cars, which had one female occupant, was traveling for some distance in the center lane. The chief said he didn’t know why the woman was driving in the center lane or how the crash occurred.
The incident remains under investigation by state police.
Lancaster Online is reporting on July 21, 2016 the following:
A male and female were struck by a vehicle outside a bicycle shop near Elizabethtown Wednesday, according to county radio dispatches.
Both were taken to Hershey Medical Center with injuries, a county dispatch supervisor said.
The wreck happened outside Rails to Trail Bicycle Shop, 1010 Hershey Road, Mount Joy Township, at around 11:45 a.m.
A male was at least initially unconscious and a female was conscious after being struck, dispatches said. The female appeared to suffer a broken leg.
Northwest Regional police are investigating.
Lancaster Online is reporting on July 18, 2016 the following:
Emergency crews were on the scene of a one-vehicle accident that has seriously injured numerous people in East Donegal Township Sunday evening, officials said.
The crash occurred around 6 p.m. near the intersection of Rock Point and Colebrook roads, according to a Lancaster County dispatch supervisor.
At least three people were seriously injured, according to initial reports from the scene. A medical helicopter was called to help transport one victim to a hospital.
Fire police have been also dispatched to the area for traffic control. No other details were available.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on July 15, 2016 the following:
One person was trapped and reportedly unresponsive after a single-vehicle crash in Ephrata Township late Thursday.
Emergency crews were called to 920 Glenwood Drive, about 1 1/2 miles north of Hinkletown, at 10:45 p.m.
Officials at the scene reported that a utility pole had been sheared and was being supported only by wires. Crews worked for nearly an hour to free a person from the vehicle, which was up against the pole, according to radio reports.
A JeffSTAT medical helicopter responded to the area and flew the patient to Lancaster General Hospital. A fire official reported the occupant of the vehicle to have “multiple extremity trauma.”
No other information was immediately available. Ephrata police are investigating.
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A man on a scooter was injured along Division Highway (Route 322) in East Earl Township on Thursday evening.
The man was found lying in the road west of Bridgeville Road just before 6:30 p.m. He was taken to an area hospital with a head injury but his condition wasn’t available Thursday night.
Weaverland Valley fire Chief Troy Weaver said it wasn’t immediately clear if the man was struck by a vehicle or became injured another way. He said there were no known witnesses.
Anyone with information about the incident can call East Earl Township police at 717-355-5302.
Lancaster Online is reporting on July 11, 2016 the following:
A 27-year-old woman and a 5-year-old girl were injured and a large array of utility lines were left dangling when a car sheared a pole around noon Sunday in East Hempfield Township.
The single-vehicle accident happened in the 2100 block of Harrisburg Pike between the entrances to Woodcrest Villa and the Lancaster General Health Campus, with the car shearing a utility pole on the north side of the road.
The woman and girl, who are from the Lancaster area, were transported to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment but their injuries didn’t appear serious, according to East Hempfield Township police Officer Ethan Etter.
Etter said the crash remains under investigation.
Two people were injured in a crash involving two motorcycles and a vehicle in Manor Township Sunday.
The accident occurred at Ironstone Ridge Road and Blue Rock Road around 5 p.m.
The two male cycle drivers were taken to Lancaster General Hospital but the extent of their injuries wasn’t known Sunday night, according to Manor Township police Sgt. Carolyn Gundel. She said both men were conscious at the scene.
No other details about the incident were available Sunday.
An 18-year-old bicyclist was injured when he was struck by a vehicle in Earl Township Sunday afternoon.
Josh King, of Manheim, was riding with three friends when he was struck at South Shirk Road and Peters Road.
He was taken to Lancaster General Hospital but was not listed as a patient there Sunday evening, according to a nursing supervisor.
Shirk and his friends were traveling west on South Shirk Road when they ran a stop sign and pulled out in front of a vehicle that was northbound on Peters Road, according to New Holland police Sgt. John Yanarella.
The driver of the vehicle, 39-year-old Thomas Artley, of Kinzers, tried to avoid hitting the cyclists but struck King’s bike, Yanarella said.
King flew up onto the windshield of Artley’s car and landed on a grassy area across the road.
Yanarella said Artley did not have a stop sign at the intersection and said he is not facing charges in the accident.
Lancaster Online is reporting on July 8, 2016 the following:
One lane of Lincoln Highway East was closed for several hours after a collision late Thursday evening in Paradise Township.
According to reports, the crash occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on the highway near Pequea Drive when a westbound SUV struck an eastbound tractor-trailer. Both vehicles were heavily damaged, according to a witness at the scene.
Drivers of both vehicles were taken to the hospital for treatment. No information was immediately available on their conditions.
Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
Lincoln Highway was closed at least until 2 a.m. while a Lancaster County Haz-Mat team cleaned up a diesel fuel spill on the roadway.
Lancaster Online is reporting on July 6, 2016 the following:
An employee of Eagle Disposal Inc. suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a vehicle while emptying recycling bins in Millersville on Tuesday morning.
The crash occurred in the 100 block of North Duke Street, between West Frederick Street and West Cottage Avenue, at 11:30 a.m.
Police said Kyle Elliot was thrown into the back of the truck on impact and suffered a compound leg fracture, as well as cuts and bruises.
“It was pretty nasty,” Millersville Borough police Sgt. Jeffrey Margevich said. “Not only to be hit by a vehicle, but then (to) have to lie injured in a pile of trash. … That said, it definitely could’ve been worse.”
Police did not have information on Elliot’s age or hometown, and a call to Eagle Disposal, of East Earl, was not immediately returned Tuesday.
A total of three vehicles were involved in the crash.
Investigators said the southbound trash truck was stopped just over the crest of a hill so Elliot and another employee could collect curbside recycling bins. A vehicle driven by Yousef Lundi, of Royersford, was stopped behind the truck, allowing the two employees to travel back and forth across the road.
Hayley Rothman, of Media, was also heading south and struck the rear of Lundi’s vehicle upon cresting the hill, police said. Lundi’s vehicle struck Elliot, then became lodged under the rear of the truck, according to Margevich.
The other employee, who had just handed off a container to Elliot and started back across the street, wasn’t injured.
Lundi “looked in his rear-view mirror and saw her barreling toward him,” Margevich said of the initial collision involving Lundi and Rothman. “She didn’t even get to brake. (Lundi’s) vehicle was pushed forward a pretty good distance.”
Lundi and Rothman were “shaken” but not injured, he added.
Margevich said the crash remains under investigation and declined to say whether speed was a factor.
“What I will say is, in general terms, if one car came over the hill and had time to stop, why didn’t … (it)? But again, we’re still looking at all the variables at this point.”
Lancaster Online is reporting on June 22, 2016 the following:
A man was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Route 283 in East Hempfield Township Wednesday morning, police said.
The 20-year-old was traveling east and failed to merge into the left lane in a construction zone, state police Trooper Josh Whiteside said. His Chevy Sonic struck an Isuzu construction truck just east of State Road (Route 722) shortly before 5:30 a.m.
The man was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Whiteside said. The 34-year-old man driving the truck was not injured.
Names of those involved were not released.
Both lanes of Route 283 were blocked for about 45 minutes. Police continue to investigate the crash.
Lancaster Online is reporting on June 21, 2016 the following:
A woman was struck by a car at West Orange and North Mulberry streets in Lancaster on Monday, a city fire captain said.
The 90-year-old was walking north on North Mulberry Street just after noon when a motorist turned from North Mulberry Street onto West Orange Street and struck the woman, Capt. Ken Barton said. The driver apparently had not seen the woman.
She suffered cuts to her hands, possibly a foot injury, and back pain. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The motorist was not injured.
Lancaster city police are investigating.
Lancaster Online is reporting on June 14, 2016 the following:
Three people were injured in a nearly head-on traffic wreck in Upper Leacock Township Monday.
Ronald Moss Jr., 50, of Akron, was driving north in the 2400 block of Horseshoe Road just before 9 a.m., East Lampeter Township police Lt. Robin Weaver said.
For an unknown reason, Moss’s pickup truck veered into the oncoming lane and struck a southbound sport utility vehicle nearly head-on. The driver of the SUV was able to stop it before impact, he said.
Moss, and a 59-year-old woman and her 20-year-old daughter in the SUV, were taken to Lancaster General Hospital with “moderate” injuries, Weaver said. Moss is being cited with a lane violation.
Horseshoe Road was closed between Mt. Sidney and West Eby roads for a time.
Two horse-and-buggy accidents sent four people to the hospital Sunday night.
One person was injured in a crash involving a horse and buggy and a truck Sunday afternoon in Martic Township.
Emergency personnel were dispatched at 4:24 p.m. to the Norman Wood Bridge in Holtwood.
A female passenger of the buggy was taken by ambulance to Lancaster General with a head injury, according to County Dispatch. her condition was not immediately known.
No information was provided on the health of the horses.
Details of the accident weren’t immediately available.
Calls seeking more information were placed to the Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Department.
State police declined comment.
Emergency response personnel were dispatched to a another horse-and-buggy incident at 7:40 p.m in Brecknock Township when a horse and buggy collided with a minivan.
The accident took place at Pleasant Valley Road and Messner Lane.
Three people, all passengers in the buggy, were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, according to Fivepointville Fire Company Chief Nelson Shirk.
One of the people involved is an 8-month-old child, he said.
A two-car accident at the intersection of Duke Street and East New Street sent one car into a wall and one passenger to the hospital Sunday night in Lancaster city.
A Red Honda Civic was heading West on New Street when it went through the intersection and collided with a Black Ford Focus traveling on Duke Street, according to Lancaster Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Oatman and County Dispatch.
The Black Ford Focus then struck a building located at 50 E. New St.
Two individuals were in each car. One person was taken to Lancaster General for further review. The injury was not life threatening, Oatman said.
It is unclear if anyone was cited in the accident. Messages for further information were left with Lancaster Police.
Emergency dispatch responded to the accident at 8:40 p.m.
The building, which is owned by the Spanish American Civic Association, had some superficial damage but showed no signs of structural damage, Oatman said.
Lancaster Online is reporting on June 9, 2016 the following:
A motorcyclist was injured and taken to a hospital after crashing in Willow Street Thursday morning.
It happened on Willow Street Pike near Violet Avenue just before 10 a.m., according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications.
Willow Street Pike was closed at Wynwood Drive for a time.
A person was trapped in a vehicle after a crash with injuries in New Holland Thursday, according to county radio dispatches.
It happened on Orlan Road, near North Hollander Road, just after 11:30 a.m.
Firefighters freed the person from the wreckage and emergency medical personnel were providing care.
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A bicyclist struck by a vehicle in East Hempfield Township just after 10 a.m. Monday suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.
The 69-year-old Lititz man was riding west on Landisville Road (Route 722) through its intersection with South Colebrook Road, township police Lt. Tammy Marsh said.
Fred Gordon, 83, of Manheim, was stopped at a stop sign at Colebrook Road and then, not seeing the bicyclist, pulled his vehicle into the intersection and collided with him, Marsh said.
The bicyclist’s name was not released. He was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Marsh said.
Charges have not been filed. Township police Officer Jason Skiles is investigating.
One or two people were trapped in a vehicle that hit a pole along Route 72 in Penn Township and then overturned this morning, according to dispatch reports.
The crash was reported at 9:40 a.m. near Rino’s Pizza at 1711 Lebanon Road. Responders asked for the road to be closed, but a county dispatch supervisor said he didn’t know whether the road had actually been closed or not.
No further information was immediately available.
A motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a vehicle in Rapho Township on Saturday, according to county radio dispatches.
The extent of injuries was not reported. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.
The wreck happened in the area of North Colebrook and Elizabethtown roads shortly after 1 p.m.
Elizabethtown Road was closed between North Colebrook and Wisgarver roads for about a half hour.
Lancaster Online is reporting on June 1, 2016 the following:
Several people were taken to hospitals after two vehicle crashes in Lancaster County Wednesday, according to a county dispatch supervisor.
Initial reports said four people were injured, but it was immediately unclear how many were taken to the hospital.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 25, 2016 the following:
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Lancaster Township Tuesday evening.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to Marietta Avenue and River Drive shortly before 6 p.m. after a work truck and a Mercedes sedan collided.
Lancaster Township fire Lt. Greg Leaman said the sedan took a direct hit to the driver’s side, and that the impact mangled the door, trapping an elderly man inside.
It took firefighters 30 minutes to free him from the wreckage.
Side curtain and door-mounted air bags in the Mercedes contributed to the safety of the driver, Leaman said.
The driver of the Mercedes and an elderly woman, who was a passenger in the car, were transported to a hospital for treatment.
The driver of the GMC truck, which is owned by Keystone Granite and Tile of Lancaster, also was hospitalized. Leaman didn’t know how seriously the three were injured.
Marietta Avenue was closed from River Drive to Wilson Drive for just over an hour after the crash.
The accident is being investigated by Manheim Township police.
At least two people were taken to the hospital after a head-on collision in West Lampeter Township Tuesday afternoon.
The crash occurred in the 1300 block of Gypsy Hill Road, near Long Rifle Road, just after 5 p.m.
Initial reports indicated one vehicle overturned and another off the road into a field. Four people were reported to be hurt, including a child.
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Ten people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Bart Township Wednesday morning.
A van hauling Amish and a car collided at Route 896 and Dry Wells Road at 5 a.m. and it was first dispatched that people were trapped in the vehicles.
Due to the number of people injured, Lancaster County-Wide Communications upgraded the call to a mass casualty incident to bring additional EMS units to the scene and also place a medical helicopter on standby.
Bart Fire Company Captain Larry Lucarino arrived on scene and reported there was no entrapment.
Six people were treated and released at the scene and four were taken to Lancaster General Hospital.
One of the injured was in cardiac arrest and then in respiratory arrest.
Numerous state police troopers were investigating.
Route 896 was closed from Route 372 to the scene.
Bart and Quarryville firefighters, and numerous ambulances, worked at the wreck.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 24, 2016 the following:
A Lebanon woman was injured when she crashed in northern Lancaster County Tuesday morning, police said.
The 41-year-old was driving south on Route 72 when her car veered off the road, struck a utility pole and rolled onto its side near Mountain Road in Rapho Township, Manheim Borough police Officer Steve Ludman said. It happened near Anthony L Landis Auto Sales, 2512 Lebanon Road.
The woman was trapped for about 20 minutes before Mastersonville and Manheim firefighters freed her from the wrecked car, Ludman said. He did not immediately release her name and did not know the severity of her injuries.
The woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital, Ludman said.
Manheim Borough police cover Rapho Township.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 20, 2016 the following:
Both drivers were injured when their vehicles crashed at East Walnut and North Ann streets in Lancaster city Friday morning, a fire official said.
One man injured his knee and the other complained of stomach pain, likely from impact with the seat belt, city fire bureau Capt. Jeffrey Oatman said. They were taken to the hospital for treatment.
“Both cars were pretty well banged up,” Oatman said. “It’s amazing they didn’t have more serious injuries.”
The wreck occurred between 2 and 2:30 a.m.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 17, 2016 the following:
Two people were taken to area hospitals after a crash with entrapment just over the Chester County line Monday morning.
The two-vehicle crash occurred on Route 10, just north of Compass Road in West Sadsbury Township, around 8:30 a.m., according to a post on the Keystone Valley Fire Department’s Facebook page.
One person had to be freed from the wreckage and was transported to Lancaster General Hospital. A second person was taken to Brandywine Hospital. The extent of their injuries wasn’t known.
Units from Gap Fire Company in Lancaster County assisted at the scene.
West Sadsbury Township police are investigating.
A Hershey man was injured in a four-car crash Monday in Mount Joy Township, north of Elizabethtown.
The accident occurred in the 900 block of North Hanover Street (Route 743), near Holly Street, around 1:20 p.m.
Northwest Regional police said a 2003 Toyota Camry, driven by Barry Speas, struck a concrete retention wall and flipped onto its side after Speas swerved to avoid stopped vehicles.
Initial reports indicated that one person was trapped in the wreckage.
Speas was transported to Hershey Medical Center for evaluation. He was not listed there as a patient Monday night, according to a hospital official.
Two vehicles involved in the crash were towed from the scene.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 4, 2016 the following:
Emergency crews are responding to two vehicle crashes in Lancaster County Wednesday morning.
Two people were taken to Lancaster Regional Hospital after a crash involving two vehicles on Route 72 at Lititz Road in East Hempfield Township, according to a county dispatch radio. The crash happened around 6:52 a.m.
Fire and medical crews are still onsite, and drivers are encouraged to use caution in the area, which is about 1.5 miles south of the Manheim Auto Auction. workmans comp lawyer
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 3, 2016 the following:
Injuries were reported in a Drumore Township crash this morning involving a sedan and a horse and buggy.
Initial county dispatch reports indicate the crash happened shortly before 9 a.m. in the area of Lancaster Pike and Oregon Hollow Road and that a female was on the ground conscious and breathing.
A county dispatch supervisor said at 9:30 a.m. that two ambulances transported patients from the scene, but that she did not know how many people were involved.
Reports from the scene said the horse was injured and both the vehicle and the buggy sustained substantial damage.
No further information was immediately available.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 2, 2016 the following:
A man injured his head when a pickup truck rearended a tractor-trailer in the westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Penn Township Thursday morning, according to county radio dispatches.
It happened shortly before 9 a.m. near mile marker 270.
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A motorcyclist was injured in a crash in Columbia late Sunday afternoon.
The incident happened just after 5:15 p.m. on Lancaster Pike (Route 462), in front of the Columbia Plaza shopping center.
The female cyclist reportedly was traveling east when she struck a westbound minivan that was making a left turn into the shopping center.
A firefighter at the scene said the woman was thrown about 30 feet. She was wearing a full face helmet and was talking with medical personnel before being taken to an area hospital.
No other information was immediately available.
Four patients were taken to Lancaster General Hospital after a three-vehicle accident on West King Street at North Mulberry Street in Lancaster.
One person had a head injury, according to county dispatch radio. Traffic was blocked on Mulberry Street.
Construction work on Mulberry Street has been ongoing since March. Lancaster police Lt. Todd Umstead did not know Monday afternoon if the crash was related.
Another accident occurred at Nevin and West Lemon streets in Lancaster this morning. One person was taken to the hospital with complaints of pain, according to Umstead.
Elsewhere in the county, two vehicles were involved in a crash at Twin County and Short roads in Caernarvon Township.
An accident also was reported on McGovernville Road in Manheim Township.
Lancaster Online is reporting on April 27, 2016 the following:
A large truck crashed through a home’s attached garage in Pequea Township Wednesday morning.
The Martin Limestone truck went through two walls of a garage at 355 Long Lane, Willow Street, around 3:45 a.m., a county dispatch supervisor said. It is just east of Lancaster Mennonite School and Cherry Hill Orchards Outlet.
The truck driver reportedly suffered minor injuries. No one else was injured.
WGAL reported the truck was headed east on Long Lane when an opposing vehicle came into its lane, forcing the driver to veer off the road.
The home was occupied. A child was reportedly sleeping in a room near the garage. The home is owned by Richard and Susan Greiner, county property records show.
New Danville and West Willow firefighters, and a collapse team responded to assess the stability of the home.
One person was seriously injured in a crash near Gap late Tuesday.
The accident, involving a tractor-trailer and a sedan, happened on Route 30 at Route 41 just after 11:30 p.m
A person was freed from the wreckage just after midnight and taken to a local hospital with what appeared to be serious injuries, according to dispatch reports.
Route 30 is expected to remain closed in the area for an extended period of time, according to fire officials.
No other information was immediately available.
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Multiple people were trapped after a three-vehicle crash in East Earl Township Tuesday evening.
The crash was reported at Edgewood Drive and Springville Road (Route 897) at 5:42 p.m. and involved three pickup trucks, one with a horse trailer attached.
Two occupants of the pickup hauling the trailer were “heavily” trapped, according to Garden Spot Fire Rescue Chief Larry Martin. The driver one of the other trucks was also trapped while two people in the third truck just needed help getting out of the vehicle, he said.
Martin said crews went to work simultaneously to free the occupants of the vehicles and had everyone out within 20 minutes.
Three people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital. Martin said he didn’t know how seriously they were hurt but said they were transported as trauma patients.
One horse was in the trailer and appeared to be in good condition after the crash, Martin said. Another trailer arrived and transported the animal from the scene.
Route 897 was closed for several hours from Reservoir Road to Sheep Hill Road as police investigated.
Lancaster Online is reporting on April 26, 2016 the following:
Emergency personnel responded to a crash involving a tractor-trailer on Route 283 eastbound in East Hempfield Township Monday night.
The accident was reported around 9:10 p.m. just past State Road. Police were first to arrive and reported the truck was on fire.
Updated information indicated the car-carrier was off the road into some bushes. A fire official reported the driver out and fire to the passenger side of the vehicle.
The fire was placed under control at 9:25 p.m. A short time later, officials reported a passenger-side saddle tank had ruptured and a “fair amount” of diesel fuel was leaking, according to radio reports.
A hazardous materials unit was called to the scene.
The driver of the truck was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on April 21, 2016 the following:
A woman was injured when a car and horse and buggy crashed in eastern Lancaster County Thursday morning.
A 19-year-old woman was driving the buggy south and was stopped, waiting to turn left into a private driveway in the 2000 block of Horseshoe Road in East Lampeter Township at 10 a.m., township police Lt. Robin Weaver said.
A car struck the buggy from behind, ejecting the buggy driver and her mother. The teen was moderately injured and taken to Lancaster General Hospital. Her mother and the car’s driver were not injured.
The horse was not injured, Weaver said. The buggy was destroyed.
Names of those involved in the wreck were not immediately available.
The road was shut down between Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340) and Willow Road for less than an hour.
A medical helicopter has been dispatched to a crash in West Cocalico Township.
The accident at Steinmetz Road and Kline Road was reported just before 4 p.m. It wasn’t clear how many vehicles were involved.
Fire officials at the scene reported a female driver heavily trapped in the wreckage. Crews were able to free her in about 10 minutes.
A PennSTAR chopper is en route to the scene.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on April 15, 2016 the following:
Two people were taken to a hospital after their minivan struck a home in Earl Township Thursday night.
Clair Martin was driving east when he crashed into a home at 3567 Division Highway, near White Oak Road, around 9 p.m., New Holland police said. It was the Narvon man’s 59th birthday.
Martin and his passenger, 58-year-old Sandy Martin of Narvon, were taken to Lancaster General Hospital for evaluation, police said. The extent of their injuries was not reported.
No one inside the home was injured. workers comp lawyer
Lancaster Online is reporting on April 11, 2016 the following:
A minivan crashed through a sign shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, then struck a pole at 2626 Lincoln Highway East.
One person in the minivan was injured, according to officials at the scene.
The Dodge Grand Caravan was traveling west when it crossed over the eastbound lane, crashed through a large sign before striking a pole. Initial radio reports from Lancaster County-wide Communications indicated a passenger in the van had suffered a leg injury.
Traffic in the area was slowed around the crash scene while firefighters from Ronks, Gordonville Ambulance and East Lampeter police worked the scene. work comp lawyer
Lancaster Online is reporting on April 6, 2016 the following:
One person was hospitalized after a crash that tied up traffic on Route 222 Tuesday afternoon.
Crews were dispatched around 4:30 p.m. to southbound Route 222 for a report of an overturned vehicle near Miley Road in West Earl Township.
Officials arriving at the scene said a pickup truck was overturned in the median with one person unconscious inside.
The driver was transported to Lancaster General Hospital. His condition wasn’t available Tuesday night.
An Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia on Sunday causing a derailment, killing two Amtrak workers and sending more than 30 passengers to hospitals, authorities said.
Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, at about 8 a.m. when it hit a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, about 15 miles outside of Philadelphia, officials said. The impact derailed the lead engine of the train that was carrying more than 300 passengers and seven crew members.
Chester fire commissioner Travis Thomas said two people were killed.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters at a New York news conference on another subject Sunday that he was told by Amtrak board chairman Anthony Coscia that the workers killed were the backhoe operator and a supervisor, both Amtrak employees. He said debris from the crash flew into the first two cars, causing the injuries to passengers.
Schumer said it’s unclear whether the backhoe was performing regular maintenance, which is usually scheduled on Sunday mornings because there are fewer trains on the tracks, or whether it was clearing debris from high winds in the area overnight. But he said Amtrak has “a 20-step protocol” for having backhoes on the track, and no trains are supposed to go on a track where such equipment is present.
“Clearly this seems very likely to be human error,” Schumer said, calling for Amtrak to review its processes. “There is virtually no excuse for a backhoe to be on an active track.”
A message left with Amtrak officials has yet to be returned.
Thomas and Amtrak officials said more than 30 people were taken to hospitals with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.
The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating. Officials with the Federal Railroad Administration were also sent to the scene, said Matthew Lehner, a spokesman for the agency.
Service on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia is operating after an earlier suspension. Limited service was restored between Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.
Ari Ne’eman, a disability rights activist heading to Washington after speaking at an event in New York, said he was in the second car at the time of the crash.
“The car started shaking wildly, there was a smell of smoke, it looked like there was a small fire and then the window across from us blew out,” said Ne’eman, 28, of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Some of the passengers started to get off after the train stopped, but the conductor quickly stopped them. Officials started evacuating people to the rear of the train and then off and to a local church.
“It was a very frightening experience. I’m frankly very glad that I was not on the first car,” where there were injuries, he said. “The moment that the car stopped, I said Shema, a Jewish prayer … I was just so thankful that the train had come to a stop and we were OK.”
This derailment comes almost a year after an Amtrak train originating from Washington D.C. bound for New York City derailed in Philadelphia. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured in the May 12 crash. The exact cause of that crash is still under investigation, but authorities have said the train had been traveling twice the speed limit.
Associated Press radio correspondent Julie Walker in New York contributed to this report.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on April 1, 2016 the following:
A man was injured when his pickup truck collided with a train near Leola, Thursday.
The accident occurred just before 4 p.m. at a railroad crossing on Horseshoe Road, between West Eby Road and Hellers Church Road.
The driver was reported to be awake and alert after the crash and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Lancaster Online is reporting on March 31, 2016 the following:
Police and a passerby freed a 21-year-old woman trapped in her burning car in Akron early Tuesday.
Kayla Fisher, of Akron, was carried away from her 2002 Jeep Cherokee and taken to Lancaster General Hospital. She was treated and released, according to Akron Borough police Chief Tom Zell.
Authorities said Fisher was driving south in the 100 block of South 7th Street just after 3 a.m. when her Jeep traveled across the northbound lane and struck a utility pole, setting off multiple transformer explosions.
Police officers, who were on break at a Turkey Hill across the street, heard the explosions and reached the crash within seconds, Zell said.
Officials said the crash remains under investigation.
An Ephrata woman remains in critical condition after two vehicles crashed nearly head-on on Route 30 in eastern Lancaster County Monday evening.
Lancaster Online is reporting on March 29, 2016 the following:
Six people, including a 5-year-old boy, were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Lincoln Highway East (Route 30) Monday evening.
Emergency crews were called to the area of Hoffmeier Road, east of Route 41, at 6:30 p.m. for an accident with entrapment and ejection, according to dispatch reports.
All six people in the cars were transported to Lancaster General Hospital after the collision involving a Kia sport utility vehicle and a Ford Focus
37-year-old man and 23-year-old woman, both of Lancaster, were in one of the vehicles, state police Trooper Stephanie Trzaska said in a press release. They were traveling west on Route 30 when they crossed into the eastbound lane, striking the other vehicle.
Occupants of the other vehicle included a 30-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman from Florida, and a 33-year-old woman and 5-year-old boy, both of Ephrata. Names were not released because families were still being notified.
Gap fire Chief Troy Wenger said one person appeared to have “real serious” injuries while another also was badly hurt. The child was not among the most seriously injured, he added.
More than a mile of Route 30, from White Horse Road (Route 897) to Simmontown Road, was shut down for hours after the accident as a crash-reconstruction team worked at the scene.
Lancaster Online is reporting on March 21, 2016 the following:
A Berks County man was critically injured in a rollover crash on Route 222 in West Earl Township on Sunday afternoon.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Peach Road, about a mile south of Route 322, at 2:39 p.m. Fire officials arriving at the scene reported a one-car crash with entrapment and a male driver with a head injury.
Crews worked for 20 minutes to free Darwin Cordon-Ramirez, 24, of Temple, from his 2011 Chevrolet Aveo, according to West Earl Township police. He was taken by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital where he was in critical condition Sunday night, according to a nursing supervisor.
Police said the vehicle had been traveling north when it crossed the median and southbound lanes, then overturned on an embankment on the shoulder of the road.
Authorities said they are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Lancaster Online is reporting on March 13, 2016 the following:
Two people are being assessed for injuries after a two-vehicle accident occurred Saturday at the intersection of Hershey and Beverly roads in Mount Joy Township.
The accident with entrapment occurred around 4 p.m. One of the vehicles sustained hood and door damage before coming to a stop by a utility pole.
Emergency responders were evaluating those involved at the accident on site, according to a county dispatcher supervisor. It’s unknown if they have injuries that will require them to be taken to local hospitals.
Lancaster Online is reporting on March 7, 2016 the following:
A driver was trapped for about 25 minutes in an overturned vehicle after striking two cars in the parking lot of a Gap-area business Sunday night.
The crash at Brass Eagle Family Restaurant, 5725 Lincoln Highway East, was reported just before 9 p.m.
The driver, a male in his 20s, was heading east and reportedly had been driving erratically and at a high rate of speed from Route 896 – about 11 miles away – with several motorists attempting to stop him, a fire official said.
He got to the Brass Eagle, where he drove into the lot and struck two vehicles, causing his car to overturn.
A fire official heading to the scene came across car parts on the road and multiple vehicles stopped within a half-mile of the accident scene, and first believed the crash involved numerous cars and was scattered over a large area.
It was later determined that other motorists were stopped because of the erratic driver and that some had attempted to stop him. Officials believe the driver collided with something along his route, resulting in the parts from his car being scattered along the road, according to a fire official.
After hitting the unoccupied cars in the parking lot, the driver’s vehicle overturned in a field to the east of the restaurant. He was freed by firefighters and transported to Lancaster General Hospital with unknown injuries.
He reportedly was conscious at the scene.
State police are investigating but no information was available from them late Sunday.
Route 30 was closed for a brief time as crews worked at the scene.
Lancaster Online is reporting on March 4, 2016 the following:
In the light snow, several wrecks are affecting traffic on major roadways in Lancaster County this morning.
A dozen accidents were reported on Routes 30, 283 and 222 from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m., according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications.
“At least 15 cars piled up” in the area where Route 30 East goes over Route 283. Two minor injuries were reported.
Route 30 East was closed between Harrisburg Pike and Route 283.
Another vehicle accident occurred on Route 222 North at the Route 772 Brownstown/Rothsville exit. A shoulder of that road was closed.
Most of the wrecks in the county did not include injuries.
No school delays were reported.
One person was injured in a crash Thursday evening in Marietta.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to 26 Perry St. at 6:41 p.m. for a report of a vehicle into a pole.
Officials arriving at the scene confirmed one person was trapped in the wreckage. It took firefighters 20 minutes to free the male driver.
He was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with injuries that didn’t appear life-threatening, according to Susquehanna Regional police Lt. Stephen Englert.
Englert said the driver had turned onto Perry Street from West Front Street and crossed into the opposite lane where he struck a parked car. Both vehicles ended up on the side.
The crash is being investigated as a possible DUI incident, according to Englert. The name of the driver wasn’t available Thursday night.
Lancaster Online is reporting on March 2, 2016 the following:
A five-vehicle crash closed a portion of a busy Lancaster city street Tuesday night.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to the 500 block of West King Street, between Pine and Mary streets, at 9:15 p.m.
Initial reports were of a car into a house after a crash. Police later said the vehicle came to rest against two homes and there was no structural damage.
Debris from the wreckage was strewn from the 600 block of the eastbound thoroughfare into the 500 block. A utility pole had been sheared and was down in the street along with wires.
Lancaster police Sgt. Jeff Haas said medical personnel were called to the scene for two patients, neither of which appeared to have serious injuries.
West King Street was closed at Coral Street for about 90 minutes.
Lancaster Online is reporting on February 23, 2016 the following:
One of the bullets shooters fired at a tree stump in a pasture behind their East Cocalico Township home Sunday missed badly, or ricocheted, they said.
It struck a 22-year-old woman in the neck in her home in the 500 block of Reinholds Road, north of Denver, police said. The woman, whose name was not released, remains in critical, but stable, condition in Reading Hospital’s intensive care unit.
“Obviously it was an accident,” said 24-year-old Andrew Richards, who lives at 830 S. Ridge Road, less than half a mile across a pasture and a sizable wooded area from the woman’s home. “A round missed a target or something. We’ve been trying to piece it together directionally and all that.”
I’ve been keeping her in my prayers,” he said of the woman, calling the incident a shock.
One of his roommates, 23-year-old Kyle Sholly, said he and Richards were shooting with five or six friends at the time. They talked with police shortly afterwards.
Sholly declined to give any other details of the incident. But another man pulled his car up to the Ridge Road home Monday. He declined to give his name but said he was one of the target shooters.
“We were shooting down at that stump down there,” he said, indicating a fenced-in pasture below the house. It wasn’t known if any animals were in the area.
The group hadn’t seen any houses through the trees, he said, and he thinks the bullet must have ricocheted off a rock or something.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission regulates shooting of firearms during hunting seasons and sets up safety zones around occupied buildings. However, the state does not regulate discharging firearms outside of hunting seasons. Some municipalities have ordinances that limit the discharge of firearms. East Cocalico Township officials did not return calls Monday.
Police said a group of people was target shooting in the 800 block of South Ridge Road when a round struck the woman inside her home in the 500 block of Reinholds Road just after 3 p.m. The two roads run parallel to one another.
The incident appears to be an accident, but remains under investigation, police said. No other details or names of those involved were released.
No one answered the door at the woman’s home Monday.
The tragedy did not surprise neighbors.
They say risky outdoor shooting has plagued the area the past few years and despite their complaints, has grown worse in recent months.
The neighbors insist they aren’t “anti-gun people,” but target shooting and hunting in the area of South Ridge and Reinholds roads in some cases has been done recklessly.
“I knew sooner or later something was going to happen,” said Mike Firestone, who lives on Reinholds Road. “Sooner or later, your luck runs out. People get bolder, and careless.”
Several neighbors said they have complained about target shooting at a few homes in the neighborhood.
A small housing development on Buena Vista Lane off of Miller Road is not far from the shooting site. Some neighbors have horses, dogs and other animals.
They worry mostly about safety, but also hate the loud noise of the frequent shooting.
“I’m afraid to walk out of my house,” said Barbara Levering, who lives in the 500 block of Reinholds Road. “I can’t work in the garden. I’m afraid to put the horses out.”
Very loud gunfire woke her at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. “I went to look if my barn exploded,” she said.
Firestone said he and a family member were splitting firewood in his driveway three or four years ago when they heard gunfire.
“Pellets from a shot gun were hitting trees 10 feet away from us,” he said. A Pennsylvania Game Commissioner gave two men written warnings in that case.
One person was injured in a crash that caused major traffic backlogs on Route 222 Monday night in Manheim Township.
The accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. in the northbound lanes near the Route 272 (Oregon Pike) exit, just south of the Bushong Road overpass.
According to initial reports, one vehicle was overturned and one person had been ejected. It wasn’t clear if any other vehicles were involved.
Police arriving at the scene reported a male down in the road with a neck injury. His condition wasn’t immediately available.
No information about the accident was available from Manheim Township police Monday night.
The crash caused major traffic back-ups before fire police were able to shut down the road at the 272 off-ramp at Butter Road.
Officials were preparing to re-open the highway at 11:30 p.m. workers comp attorney 17603
Lancaster Online is reporting on February 23, 2016 the following:
A domestic dispute is to blame for a head-on collision on Route 23 in Leola Monday afternoon, police said.
The crash occurred around 12:08 p.m. near Stoltzfus Lane, just east of Leola Community Park.
Samuel K. Daniels Jr., 49, and Abigail L. Bowers, 44, both of Leola, were arguing as they headed east in the first block of East Main Street, East Lampeter Township police Lt. Robin Weaver said.
Bowers was hitting Daniels, which caused his Ford 500 sedan to veer into the westbound lane where it struck a Ford Econoline van driven by 46-year-old Norman Diffenderfer, of Hershey.
All three were taken to Lancaster General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Weaver.
Bowers and Daniels were in serious condition at LGH Monday night, according to a nursing supervisor. Diffenderfer was not listed as a patient.
Police filed a charge of reckless endangerment against Bowers. Daniels was charged with driving under suspension, according to Weaver.
Lancaster Online is reporting on February 22, 2016 the following:
A 57-year-old worker at a plastic bag manufacturing plant in Lancaster city was seriously injured in an accident there Sunday afternoon.
The employee at Lancaster Extrusion, 211 Hazel St., was working in the building when the forks from a forklift came down across his back and pinned him against a piece of machinery, crushing his chest, according to city fire Capt. Ken Barton.
The call for an industrial rescue came in at 1:56 p.m.
A city firefighter with experience operating forklifts was able to lift the forks off the man. The worker was unconscious when transported to Lancaster General Hospital.
The man’s name and his condition were not available from police Sunday night.
Lancaster Online is reporting on February 16, 2016 the following:
A Lancaster motorist struck an occupied Manheim Township police car along Lititz Pike, state police said.
A 31-year-old township officer said his back was hurting after the Feb. 11 wreck, but he was not transported to a hospital, state police Officer Matthew Schatzmann said in a press release. The officer’s name was not released.
The officer had stopped his southbound 2012 Dodge Charger behind a disabled vehicle along Lititz Pike, north of West Airport Road in Manheim Township, Schatzmann said. The officer’s emergency lights were activated.
Jonathan M. Dochterman, 33, of Lancaster, was driving south on Lititz Pike at about 40 mph — too fast for conditions, Schatzmann said. Dochterman’s Subaru Legacy slid on ice and struck the back of the Charger.
Dochterman was not injured, the state trooper said. He was charged with driving at an unsafe speed.
Officials have closed the 3000 block of Lincoln Highway East in Paradise Township after a 2:42 p.m. crash at the intersection with South Singer Avenue.
Responding firefighters were ordered out of the area because of live wires across the highway. A responder said an electrical transformer was only being held up by a tractor-trailer involved in the crash. PPL was called to the scene
One person was transported to an area hospital with injuries.
A detour onto Route 741 was set up.
Lancaster Online is reporting on February 10, 2016 the following:
Two people were injured in a one-car accident in East Donegal Township Tuesday night.
Firefighters took off a door to free a person trapped in the car after the 11:30 p.m. crash on Anderson Ferry Road, near Rock Point Road.
Two people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital with injuries.
The car spun around and hit a guard rail. It wasn’t clear if it hit something else.
The accident caused a van to slide off the slippery road and another car to hit a utility pole, but no one was injured in those vehicles and the car only had minor damage.
Susquehanna Regional police responded.
Lancaster Online is reporting on February 8, 2016 the following:
One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash early Sunday evening in East Hempfield Township.
The accident occurred at around 5:45 p.m. near the intersection of State and South Colebrook roads.
The incident was initially reported as a “mass casualty,” but a supervisor with Lancaster County-wide Communications said that was because of an exaggerated report by an onlooker. Only one person required transportation to the hospital for treatment.
East Petersburg Fire Company responded to the scene.
Two women were transported to a hospital and had to be freed from their car following a two-car crash Saturday afternoon in Conoy Township.
The accident occurred at 3:39 p.m. on Stackstown Road between Stone Mill Drive and Sagerville Road.
The female driver of one of the cars had a leg injury and her female passenger also had to be freed from the car.
The male driver of the other car suffered scrapes and bruises but was not transported to a hospital.
The two cars involved were traveling in opposite directions, said Bainbridge Fire Company Chief David Stoner. Susquehanna Regional Police were investigating the crash.
Stackstown Road was shut down for about an hour.
The Bainbridge Fire Company and ambulance responded to the accident. A second ambulance arrived from the Maytown Fire Company. Traffic control involved units from Elizabethtown, Marietta and Londonderry Township. workmans comp attorney
A two-vehicle crash just before 10 a.m. Saturday in East Hempfield Township sent two people to the hospital and tied up traffic along Rohrerstown Road for nearly an hour.
Firefighters from Rohrerstown Fire Co. responded at 9:51 a.m. for reports of a collision at the intersection of Rohrerstown Road and Spring Valley Drive.
A Ford F250 pickup truck apparently collided with the drivers-side door of a Toyota Corolla, someone at the scene said.
Two people in the Toyota were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The two people in the pickup truck were uninjured.
There was no update on the extent of the injuries.
East Hempfield Township police are investigating the collision.
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 28, 2016 the following:
A Lancaster woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Route 222 South Thursday morning, West Earl Township police said.
Gissel Sof Mena Estepan, 26, of Lancaster, was trying to merge onto Route 222 South from Route 322 when her Honda CRV collided with a tractor-trailer driven by David Scheans, 52, of Montrose, Michigan.
The CRV flipped onto its side in the 9:20 a.m. wreck, township police Chief Brian Brandt reported. Estepan was injured and taken to Lancaster General Hospital. Her condition was not immediately available Thursday.
Scheans was not injured, Brandt said.
One lane of Route 222 south was closed for 40 minutes. Investigation continues.
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 20, 2016 the following:
A pedestrian struck by a vehicle was left lying in the road, critically injured, as the driver fled the scene Tuesday on Route 30 in East Lampeter Township.
The incident happened in the 2100 block of Lincoln Highway East, near the Wawa convenience store, shortly after 5:30 p.m.
Authorities said 49-year-old Jeffrey Brubaker, of Lancaster, was struck by an eastbound vehicle while crossing the highway. The red SUV-style vehicle continued east.
Brubaker was taken to Lancaster General Hospital and was in critical condition there Wednesday, according to East Lampeter Township police Lt. Robin Weaver.
A second crash occurred as drivers braked and tried to avoid the injured man as he lay in the busy road, police said. No one was injured in that crash.
Police ask anyone with information about the hit-and-run incident to contact Sgt. Randy Shrom at 717-291-4676. workmans comp attorney
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 19, 2016 the following:
A drunken driver sentenced to one of the longest prison terms in Lancaster County after causing a fatal head-on crash has been ordered to pay out one of the largest civil penalties as well.
A jury has awarded $15.1 million to the estate of Kaitlyn E. Berry, who died in the February 2014 wreck, and her mother, Lisa Stamper, who was severely injured and now relies on a wheelchair to get around.
Attorneys for Stamper said Monday even they were surprised by the size of the jury’s civil award against Carlos R. Garcia, a city man who had been drunk and was speeding through Lancaster on a suspended license at the time of the crash.
“Most of the damages were punitive, which is essentially a way for the jury to try and prevent another family from going through a senseless death like this one,” said Taylor Bare, of the York-based Bare Law Firm.
“The defendant was speeding, he didn’t have a license and he was drunk,” Bare said.
Also named in the July 2014 civil suit was Cristal Pena, the owner of the car driven by Garcia. The suit alleged negligence, recklessness and wrongful death.
The Lancaster County jury issued its judgment two weeks ago, court records show. It awarded more than $8 million to Berry’s estate, and more than $7 million to Stamper.
Garcia, then 33, pleaded guilty in July 2014 to felony counts of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence and related charges.
“I want to apologize,” he told a Lancaster County judge at the time. “I’m living with this every day of my life. There’s nothing I can say to justify my actions.”
Garcia’s license had already been suspended — from a prior DUI — when he got behind the wheel on the Saturday afternoon of Feb. 22, 2014, prosecutors said.
With his 7-year-old son as a front-seat passenger, Garcia was seen speeding and passing cars on East King Street without using turn signals before he struck Stamper’s eastbound Subaru. His erratic driving was captured on a surveillance camera from an RRTA bus, according to an affidavit in the case.
Police determined Garcia’s SUV was traveling 55 mph, in a 35 mph zone, and that he didn’t brake prior to the crash.
Tests revealed his blood-alcohol level was .144 percent shortly after the crash — nearly twice the state’s legal limit of .08 percent for drivers.
The crash killed Berry, 24, of Dover, York County. Stamper, of Lancaster Township, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Garcia’s son had only minor injuries.
Then-President Judge Joseph Madenspacher ordered what is believed to be the longest sentence in history here for vehicular homicide while DUI — 19 years and three months to 38 years in prison.
Garcia appealed his sentence to Superior Court but was denied in September.
The online legal publication, pennrecord.com, claims the judgment is one of the largest personal injury verdicts ever awarded in Lancaster or York counties, but the claim could not be independently verified.
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 18, 2016 the following:
Two people were injured in separate crashes on icy roads Sunday night in Lancaster County.
In Pequea Township, a woman reportedly was trapped after her vehicle crashed around 9:20 p.m. on Rawlinsville Road, just south of Baumgardner Road.
An official at the scene said the woman’s Ford Explorer hit a patch of black ice and flipped. The woman was freed by firefighters and taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Earlier in the evening, a New Holland teen was injured when his vehicle slid on black ice and struck a tree in the 500 block of North Railroad Avenue in Earl Township.
New Holland police said Christian Wardle, 19, was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with injuries that did not appear life-threatening.
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 15, 2016 the following:
Emergency personnel responded late Thursday to a one-vehicle accident in Caernarvon Township in eastern Lancaster County.
Crews were called to the 400 block of Twin County Road at 11:03 p.m. for a report of a car that had struck a tree. The female driver was reported to be unconscious and suffering a head injury, according to radio dispatches.
Officials arriving at the scene confirmed a vehicle off the road and in a wooded area.
The driver was freed from the vehicle and taken to Reading Hospital as a trauma patient. No other information was immediately available.
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 12, 2016 the following:
Two boys pushing a wagon along the road were struck by a pickup truck outside Quarryville Tuesday morning.
Just before 6:30 a.m., the boys were heading north on Hess Rd. just south of Route 372 when a pickup truck, also traveling north, hit them from behind, according to someone at the scene.
Firefighters from Quarryville arrived and found one of the boys laying at the end of the driveway in front of 25 Hess Road with a leg injury, according to emergency dispatches
The other boy had walked back the driveway to the home. Both boys were conscious and talking and both were taken to the hospital.
The accident scene was just east of Quarryville on Hess Road between the Atglen-Susquehanna Trail and Route 372.
The pickup truck, which remained at the scene, had front end damage on the passenger side. State police are investigating the accident.
Lancaster Online is reporting on January 11, 2016 the following:
Two children were among those injured in a near head-on collision Saturday night in southern Lancaster County.
Emergency units were dispatched at 9:23 p.m. to southbound Route 272, just south of Byerland Church Road in Providence Township, after multiple people called 911 to report what was first believed to be a one-vehicle crash with entrapment.
Updated information indicated a two-car crash with one of the vehicles farther down the road. Callers said it appeared one of the vehicles had been traveling the wrong way.
Fire and medical personnel arrived to find a female trapped in one vehicle which had sustained severe front-end damage, according to a fire official. She was freed by rescue crews and taken to Lancaster General Hospital
The other vehicle involved, a Ford Explorer, also sustained heavy damage and came to rest farther down the southbound lanes near Eshleman’s RV Storage, a fire official said.
The driver of the Explorer, Joseph Morris of Peach Bottom, escaped with scrapes and bruises. He was heading south on Route 272 with his 4-year-old daughter and two cousins, ages 12 and 13, in the SUV.
Morris said Sunday that his daughter suffered a two-inch cut to the forehead while the 12-year-old has a broken collarbone. Both children were riding in the back seat. The 13-year-old was riding in the front passenger seat and escaped with scrapes and bruises.
Morris said he was driving behind a pickup truck when the truck swerved to avoid an oncoming car.
He also swerved but not in time to miss the car completely, he said.
“It was too late but I was able to avoid a direct hit.”
Morris said he was glad his family was able to walk away from what could’ve been a devastating crash. In regard to the other driver he said, “We all make mistakes.”
No information about the incident, including the name and condition of the other driver, had been released by state police as of Sunday evening.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 27, 2015 the following:
At least one person was reportedly injured when a car and a pickup truck collided at about 10:15 p.m. at North Fifth Street and Lancaster Avenue in Columbia.
Witnesses said a passenger in the car was transported from the scene by ambulance, while the driver was detained by police. Additional information was not available. A message left with the borough police department was not immediately returned Saturday night.
A two-car accident shut down a portion of Lititz Pike for about an hour Saturday evening.
The crash occurred near Blue Bell Drive, between Oregon Road and Airport Road, about 4:42 p.m.
The driver of one of the cars suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, Neffsville Fire Co. Deputy Chief Mike Elliott said.
The collision left debris scattered on the roadway, necessitating the closure of Lititz Pike while crews cleared the area.
The road was reopened shortly before 6 p.m., Elliott said.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 23, 2015 the following:
Three people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash Tuesday on Route 30 in Manheim Township.
The 1:40 p.m. wreck involved a tractor-trailer, car carrier and two small-type SUVs, all of which were headed eastbound.
Manheim Township Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Adrian Borry said he believed the tractor-trailer and a blue vehicle had been stopped in traffic on Route 30 at the Oregon Pike overpass, just west of the Route 222 on-ramp.
“I can’t say for sure what happened but the silver car and car carrier became involved in the collision,” Borry added.
The blue vehicle was pushed about halfway under the tractor-trailer, trapping an older couple inside, according to Borry.
It took crews about 25 minutes to free the two, who were able to slide out of the car on their own once firefighters made access, he said.
Both were conscious and talking before being taken to the hospital. A middle-aged man driving the silver SUV also was hospitalized.
Manheim Township Fire Rescue Chief Rick Kane said the couple suffered minor injuries while the driver of the silver SUV was “pretty seriously hurt.”
The drivers of the trucks weren’t injured.
Borry said the older couple had a car full of wrapped gifts and apparently were heading to a holiday gathering. Firefighters carefully removed all the presents from the vehicle and took them to the Eden station for safe-keeping until the couple is able to retrieve them, he said.
The crash briefly shut down all of Route 30 eastbound but crews quickly began moving traffic in one lane around the wreck, according to Borry.
Nevertheless, the incident resulted in major traffic backups until the road was completely reopened around 5 p.m.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 21, 2015 the following:
Two people were taken to a hospital after a minivan and an SUV crashed in Lancaster city Sunday morning, trapping the driver and passenger in the SUV.
The crash happened about 9:50 a.m. at North Lime and East King streets.
The Ford Explorer ended up on its roof on East King, just east of the intersection. Firefighters freed the driver, whose legs were trapped under the steering wheel, and a passenger, city fire Capt. Ken Barton said. Both were taken to Lancaster General Hospital.
The Toyota minivan driver complained of pain, but said she would seek treatment later, Barton said.
Both vehicles were towed away. East King was closed at North Duke for almost an hour. Further details weren’t immediately available.
Two pedestrians were injured in a hit-and-run incident early Sunday in Manheim.
The incident occurred around 1:40 a.m. in the parking lot of The Cat’s Meow, in the 200 block of South Charlotte Street, according to WHP 21 News.
A vehicle struck a man and woman and fled the area. The two were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the report.
Manheim Borough police are continuing to investigate.
A portion of Millersville Pike (Route 999) was closed for about 90 minutes after a bicyclist was struck Sunday afternoon near Bausman in Lancaster Township.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Michelle Drive at 3:45 p.m.
Police arriving at the scene reported a person in their 20s was face-down in the road. The cyclist was conscious but disoriented, according to county dispatch reports.
It wasn’t immediately known if the striking vehicle remained at the scene.
No information about the incident was available from Manheim Township police Sunday.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 17, 2015 the following:
A person was injured in a car that crashed underneath the flatbed trailer of a tractor-trailer in West Lampeter Township Thursday morning. It happened shortly after 8 a.m. at Beaver Valley Pike and Gypsy Hill Road.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 10, 2015 the following:
A man struck by a vehicle in East Lampeter Township Tuesday evening is expected to survive, an official said.
The man was crossing the road in the first block of Strasburg Pike, south of Lincoln Highway East and next to Turkey Hill, when he was struck by a northbound vehicle around 5:40 p.m., according to East Lampeter Township police Officer Bryan Kondras.
Kondras said the victim was taken to Lancaster General Hospital but didn’t know his condition Tuesday night. He said the man was conscious and alert at the scene and is expected to survive.
Kondras didn’t identify the victim but said he is in his late 40s and lives in the first block of Strasburg Pike. He said the man was not within a crosswalk when he was struck.
The driver, a man in his 20s, remained at the scene and is not expected to be charged in the crash, Kondras said. workmans comp lawyer
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 7, 2015 the following:
Motorists are being advised to avoid the area of Church Street and Bowman Road in East Hempfield Township while emergency crews deal with a vehicle accident that occurred late Monday morning. Initial reports indicated the crash involved a motorcyclist, who remained down after the incident occurred shortly after 11:30 a.m.
Units from Hempfield and West Hempfield fire departments were on the scene along with Susquehanna Valley EMS. The crash had been cleared by early afternoon.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 6, 2015 the following:
A traffic flagger hit by a vehicle in Brecknock Township Friday afternoon suffered moderate injuries, according to state police.
Police reported that Rose G. Browell, 78, of Narvon, was driving a 2012 Toyota RAV4 south on Oaklyn Drive at the Yellow Hill Road intersection at 2:14 p.m. when she failed to obey a “road closed” sign.
The flagger — Wendy L. Musser, 53, of Reading — was taken to Reading Hospital, police said.
Browell was given a traffic citation.
Lancaster Online is reporting on December 3, 2015 the following:
A motorist was injured in a two-vehicle crash along westbound Route 283 near Elizabethtown early today, a county dispatch supervisor said.
The person was trapped in a wrecked vehicle after the 1:30 a.m. accident just west of Elizabethtown Road.
Firefighters freed the person just before 2 a.m. One person was injured and taken to a hospital.
The road was later reopened to traffic.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 30, 2015 the following:
A driver and passenger were injured when the driver crashed into a utility pole on Lincoln Highway East in Paradise Township on Monday.
The crash happened just before 11 a.m. and caused the road to be closed in both directions for about 20 minutes. It happened in the 3000 block as the driver was heading eastbound.
The injured people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital. The crash was still being investigated and further details weren’t immediately available.
Kinzer Fire Company, Gordonville Fire and EMS Company and Pennsylvania State Police responded.
A head-on collision Sunday morning in Rapho Township sent one of the drivers to the hospital.
The accident happened at 8:58 a.m. on Milton Grove Road near Back Run Road. The driver of one of the cars was entrapped and had to be freed by crews from the Fire Department of Mount Joy.
Manheim Borough police had no additional details on the accident late Sunday morning.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 23, 2015 the following:
A motorcyclist was injured when he was struck by a pickup truck Saturday night in Ephrata.
Brett Stevenson, 36, of Ephrata, was stopped and waiting to make a left turn just before 8 p.m. in the 600 block of East Main Street when his bike was hit from behind by a truck driven by 19-year-old Robert W. Greiner, of Conestoga, according to Ephrata police.
Greiner told police he didn’t see that the bike was stopped and waiting to turn, officials said.
Stevenson was thrown from the motorcycle while the bike became stuck underneath the truck. The truck traveled about 50 feet before coming to a stop on the eastbound shoulder of the roadway, police said.
Stevenson was taken to Lancaster General Hospital where he was listed in fair condition Sunday, according to a nursing supervisor.
Ephrata Ambulance and Pioneer Fire Company assisted at the scene. The roadway was closed in both directions for about an hour.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 20, 2015 the following:
Vehicles crashed into buildings in Lancaster County twice in a half hour on Thursday.
It was the second time in two years a certain home in Lancaster Township was struck by a vehicle, a fire official said.
A pickup truck at around 11 a.m. crashed into the home at 1653 Wabank Road after colliding with a car, Lancaster Township fire Chief Ron Comfort said. The house is southwest of Lancaster, in the northwest corner of the Judie Lane intersection.
A resident was inside, but was not injured, Comfort said. The driver of the truck suffered a minor knee injury, but was not taken to the hospital. The other driver was not injured.
“That’s twice in the last two years,” Comfort said of the home being struck. “A car hit the back of the house (more than a year ago). The pickup truck hit the front.”
Wabank Road and Judie Lane both slope down in the area and some motorists misjudge the intersection, the chief said. Wrecks are generally caused by “too much speed.”
The pickup truck was removed from the home at about 11:45 a.m. A Lancaster County collapse team shored up a wall to stabilize the house at around 12:30 p.m.
Damage to the home was significant, but no early estimate was available because of the unknown cost involved in fixing a shift in the roof, Comfort said. It is not habitable for the time being. The American Red Cross is helping two adults.
Firefighters removed two dogs and 10 puppies from the home. Wabank Road was closed for about two hours. Manheim Township police are investigating.
A horse and buggy crashed about two miles south of Strasburg shortly after 7:30 a.m. today.
The crash happened in the 900 block of May Post Office Road, north of White Oak Road, in Strasburg Township.
A woman suffered a leg injury and a second person a head injury, according to county radio dispatches.
It is unclear if another vehicle was involved.
The horse ran away.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 15, 2015 the following:
A two-vehicle crash involving a truck in East Hempfield Township sent one person to the hospital Sunday afternoon.
Police said a tanker truck and a sedan collided at the intersection of Rohrerstown Road and Spring Valley Road about 1:30 p.m. The driver of the car was trapped in the vehicle before being rescued and sent to the hospital. The driver of the truck was not injured.
Three people were injured, at least one seriously, in a two-vehicle crash Sunday in Drumore Township.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of 1146 Lancaster Pike (Route 272), about 1.5 miles south of Buck, just before 4:30 p.m. for a report of a crash involving fire.
State police troopers were first to arrive and reported that one person was trapped in the wreckage, according to radio dispatches. They said no fire was involved.
Fire officials arriving at the scene confirmed heavy entrapment.
Officials at the scene reported a total of three patients but the extent of injuries wasn’t immediately known.
Route 272 remained closed in the area of the crash at 8 p.m.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 10, 2015 the following:
A tractor-trailer crashed on Route 30 between Harrisburg Pike and the Little Conestoga Creek on Wednesday, according to a county dispatch supervisor.
It happened shortly after 11:30 a.m. near Park City Center and Long’s Park.
Two Route 30 west lanes are closed between Harrisburg Pike and Route 741 but traffic is using two other lanes. One of the Route 30 East lanes is also closed.
The westbound tractor-trailer struck the median, sending parts of the median into the eastbound lanes, the dispatch supervisor said. One person was taken to a hospital.
No other vehicles were thought to be involved.
The tractor-trailer was not hauling oil or fuel, but some oil and diesel fuel spilled from its own ruptured tanks, according to the dispatch supervisor.
Two dump trucks were being used in the cleanup process.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 6, 2015 the following:
A 50-year-old Ephrata man was struck by an SUV as he was crossing a street in the borough Thursday evening, police said.
The incident occurred at 6:54 p.m. at the intersection of West Main and North Church streets. The man was in a crosswalk when he was hit, police said.
The man was taken to Lancaster General Hospital. Further details, including his condition, were not immediately available Thursday night.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 3, 2015 the following:
A 55-year-old woman and her dog were struck by a vehicle Monday evening in Lititz.
The woman, who officials did not identify, was taken to Lancaster General Hospital where she was in “very critical” condition late Monday, according to Lititz Borough police.
The injured dog was turned over to a family member.
The two were struck by a southbound vehicle around 5:50 p.m. in the 400 block of Woodcrest Avenue. The driver, who also was not identified, stopped and remained at the scene, police said.
Authorities did not disclose the circumstances of the incident Monday night and said they will release further information when the investigation is complete.
Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them at 664-1180.
Two officers from the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Warwick and Manheim Township EMS, as well as Lititz fire units, also responded.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 2, 2015 the following:
Emergency crews are responding to a crash involving a motorcycle in East Earl Township.
The crash was reported at 11:38 a.m. in the 1000 block of Main Street near New Street, and happened when a vehicle being backed out of a driveway struck a motorcyclist, according to Lancaster County dispatch reports.
A dispatcher said at 12:20 p.m. that the motorcyclist was taken to a hospital with injuries, and that crews were still at the scene. No further details were immediately available.
One person was taken to a hospital following a crash at Landis Valley Road and Route 501 in Warwick Township this morning, according to Lancaster County emergency dispatchers.
The crash was reported at 9:44 a.m., and a dispatcher said at 10:30 a.m. that two vehicles were involved and crews were still on the scene.
No further information was immediately available.
Lancaster Online is reporting on November 1, 2015 the following:
A woman and child were taken to a hospital following a crash Saturday in Martic Township at 12:49 p.m.
State police at Lancaster said Shadi Yousefi, 39, had moderate injuries and it wasn’t known if the 1-year-old girl was injured.
Both were from Towson, Maryland, as were the other two uninjured occupants of the vehicle: Driver Amir H. Najafi, 40, and a 4-year-old girl.
Police said a 17-year-old rmale from Holtwood was driving a 1998 Pontiac Sunfire south on Hilldale Road and hit the front driver’s side of the 2011 BMW X5 that Najafi was driving east on Holtwood Road, which then crashed into the guide rail.
The teen was charged with a stop sign violation, police said. They reported that the adults and teen involved wore seat belts and the children were in child safety seats.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 29, 2015 the following:
Three people were hospitalized after a multi-vehicle crash Wednesday in West Lampeter Township.
A Jeep towing a Toyota hatchback was heading east on Millport Road when it collided with a westbound Lexus SUV on a sharp curve near the entrance to the former Rocky Springs Amusement Park. The collision caused the Toyota to jack-knife into the Jeep.
Three people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital with injuries of unknown extent
Lampeter and Willow Street Fire companies responded to the scene.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 27, 2015 the following:
A man was hospitalized after his minivan collided with a tractor-trailer Monday in Salisbury Township. The 5:45 p.m. accident initially was reported to be a head-on crash. State police said both vehicles were traveling east on Lincoln Highway — about 1½ miles east of Route 41 — when the minivan rear-ended the tractor-trailer. The driver of the minivan, Donald E. Lemaster, 43, of Kinzers, was freed from the wreckage by firefighters and taken to Lancaster General Hospital.
Gap Fire Chief Troy Wenger Wenger said Lemaster’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Police said he was charged with a passing violation.
The driver of the truck wasn’t hurt.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 26, 2015 the following:
A passenger was injured in a single-vehicle collision Sunday evening in Ephrata Township in which a car hit a utility pole.
Around 7:45 p.m., a vehicle driven by Lavon Brubaker Hoover, 20, of Womelsdorf, was traveling east on Frys Road just past Slate Road when it veered off the road, hit the pole and rolled several times, Ephrata police said.
Hoover wasn’t injured but his passenger was hurt and was taken to Lancaster General Hospital where he was reported to be in critical but stable condition Sunday night, police said.
Assisting at the scene were crews from New Holland Ambulance Association, Fivepointville Ambulance and Martindale Fire Company.
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An accident shut down portions of Paradise Lane and routes 896 and 741 in Strasburg Saturday morning, after police said a vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into a truck, which then smashed into a utility pole, shearing it off and pulling wires onto the roadway.
Police said a vehicle driven by James Glass, 63, of Dover, New Jersey, was traveling south on Paradise Lane when it missed a stop sign and went through an intersection, striking the side of a second vehicle, driven by Richard J. Clark, 52, of Kirkwood.
Police said Clark’s vehicle spun clockwise and struck the pole, pulling the power line from a nearby residence.
Both vehicles were towed and the road closed for several hours, but only minor injuries were reported.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 19, 2015 the following:
Three people were injured in two separate single-vehicle crashes early Sunday morning in East Donegal Township.
In the first crash, a woman was taken to Lancaster General Hospital after crashing her car into the Maytown square just after midnight Saturday.
She was driving north on South River Street when her Saab knocked over two cement pillars and some other items in the square, at South River and High streets.
Police pulled the driver out of the car as smoke was coming from the engine.
Crews from Maytown-East Donegal Township Fire Company and Fire Department Mount Joy responded. Further details weren’t immediately available Sunday.
In the second crash, two people were taken to Lancaster General after the pickup truck they were in crashed head-on into a tree.
The crash happened in front of 4943 Marietta Ave. just east of River Road, about 2:15 a.m. accident lawyer
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 18, 2015 the following:
A man was taken to a hospital after crashing his white Cadillac DTS into a pole and rolling over early Sunday morning.
The crash at Route 30 and Meadow Lane in Paradise Township about 4:30 a.m. closed both directions of Route 30 for about an hour until PPL secured a pole that snapped off and ended up on top of the overturned vehicle.
Pennsylvania State Police reported the driver said he saw a shadow of something run across the highway in front of him, causing him to swerve to avoid hitting it. That’s when he struck the pole head-on.
Paradise Fire Company was on the scene for about 90 minutes.
The extent of the driver’s injuries wasn’t immediately available.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on October 14, 2015 the following:
Emergency units responded to a crash involving a police vehicle in Columbia Borough Tuesday afternoon.
The accident was reported just before 4:30 p.m. at North Fifth Street (Route 462) and Walnut Street.
One person was trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed by firefighters. The individual was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with unknown injuries.
The Columbia officer involved in the crash was reported to be out of the vehicle and walking around.
Columbia Fire Chief Scott Ryno said the officer was responding to a reported robbery at the time of the crash.
State police are investigating but released no information about the incident Tuesday night.
Lancaster Online is reporting on October 7, 2015 the following:
Two people were seriously injured in a vehicle accident Tuesday in Salisbury Township, near Gap.
The crash occurred at 4:40 p.m. in the 5800 block of Buena Vista Road and was reported with entrapment and ejection.
A fire official arriving at the scene confirmed that one person was ejected from one of the vehicles and that another person was trapped in the wreckage, according to radio dispatches.
A medical helicopter was placed on standby but was later released.
One of the drivers, 23-year-old Kevin Ferguson, of Gap, was in critical condition late Tuesday at Lancaster General Hospital, according to a nursing supervisor.
The other driver, 56-year-old Edward Draves III, of Elverson, was listed in serious condition at LGH.
State police said Ferguson was heading west on Buena Vista Road at an “excessive” speed when his Chevrolet Impala slid on some gravel on a slight turn in the road. The vehicle slid along the road, blocking both lanes of travel.
Draves, who was driving a Chevrolet HHR east on Buena Vista Road, struck Ferguson’s vehicle.
Upon impact, Ferguson’s car traveled onto the hood of Draves’ vehicle and eventually came to rest on its passenger side, according to state police.
State police did not indicate which driver was ejected from the wreckage. The investigating officer was not available for comment Tuesday night.
Police said Ferguson will be cited with driving too fast for conditions.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on October 2, 2015 the following:
A two-vehicle crash injured three people and closed Routes 222 and 272 in southern Lancaster County early today.
It happened just before 5:30 a.m. near Nottingham Road (Route 272) in Fulton Township.
Firefighters freed two people from a pickup truck. Both of them and the driver of a car were taken to an area hospital with injuries.
State police are investigating.
Route 222 is closed in both directions. Northbound motorists are having to turn around at a church parking lot near the intersection.
Utility wires are hanging low in the area.
Route 272 is also closed. Traffic is being diverted onto Warfel Road so motorists can get back onto Route 272.
It is the latest incident to affect traffic in the area. The closure of the Norman Wood Bridge earlier this week has also forced some motorists onto alternate routes. workmans comp attorney
A woman was trapped for about 20 minutes after a vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Martic Township.
The accident happened just after 2:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Holtwood Road, near Magnolia Lane.
The woman’s Chevrolet Impala went off the road and into a creek, according to a fire official.
The driver was taken to Lancaster General Hospital but the extent of her injuries wasn’t immediately known.
State police are investigating.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on October 1, 2015 the following:
A worker was injured when a walkway collapsed Wednesday night at Esbenshade Farms in Mount Joy Township.
Emergency crews initially were called to the farm, at 2036 Mount Pleasant Road, at 8:50 p.m. for a report of a building collapse with entrapment.
Upon arrival, it was discovered that a walkway inside a chicken house had collapsed, dropping a man 12 to 16 feet, according to Mount Joy Assistant Fire Chief Mason Brandt.
He said the worker, reported to be age 35, had been trapped under some metal but was quickly freed. Brandt said the man was helped from the building and to a waiting ambulance. He said he didn’t know how seriously the man was hurt.
The county’s rescue task force was placed on standby as a precaution but was not needed because there was no structural damage to the building, according to Brandt.
He said it wasn’t clear what caused the walkway to collapse.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on September 21, 2015 the following:
A person was injured when a dump truck overturned along Route 30 east in West Hempfield Township Monday, a county dispatch supervisor said.
Route 30 east was closed at Stony Battery Road shortly after the crash around 8:30 a.m. The wreck happened on the entrance ramp from Stony Battery Road to Route 30 east, according to dispatches.
The dump truck ended up on its side on the property of Lift Inc., 3745 Hempland Road, Mountville.
One person was being transported to Lancaster General Hospital with an injury.
Forty gallons of diesel fuel from a ruptured saddle tank was spilled and crews were also working to contain hydraulic fluid that spilled from the dump truck.
A hazardous materials team duty officer was called to the scene.
Route 30 east was expected to remain closed until 10 or 11 a.m. Route 30 west was open in the area.
State police said Sunday they have cited the driver of a taxi that collided with a school bus in southern Lancaster County earlier this month.
Police said Edwin D. Hernandez, 40, of Lancaster, “pulled into the intersection without clearance” when he drove onto Route 222 from Goshen Mill Road in Fulton Township about 8:20 a.m. on Sept. 10.
Both vehicles required towing. Hernandez was slightly injured and was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, according to an earlier report.
Hamby’s child was the only other person on the bus. Neither was injured, state police said.
Police cited Hernandez for allegedly failing to yield right-of-way at a stop sign.
A motorcyclist was injured when he crashed his cycle on Lincoln Highway East (Route 462) near Highland Drive on Saturday night.
The incident occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. The rider was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, a county dispatch supervisor said. Radio dispatches indicated his injuries were serious.
Additional details were not immediately available.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on September 16, 2015 the following:
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday in Manor Township.
A fire official said a Chrysler minivan rolled twice after colliding with a Honda Civic just before 5:30 p.m. at Eastman Avenue and Temple Avenue.
An adult and two children were reported to be injured but the severity of their injuries wasn’t available Tuesday night.
Lancaster Online is reporting on September 15, 2015 the following:
A motorcyclist crashed in East Earl Township Tuesday morning, according to county radio dispatches.
It happened along Route 897 near Precast Road at 7:40 a.m.
The cyclist was lying down in a field and was reportedly in and out of consciousness.
Lancaster Online is reporting on September 10, 2015 the following:
One person was injured when a Solanco school bus and a taxi cab crashed in Fulton Township Thursday morning.
The man driving the taxi cab suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, Robert Fulton Fire Chief Tracy Tomlinson said. He had no passengers.
The bus driver and her child were the only ones on the bus, according to Tomlinson and Solanco School District spokesman Keith Kaufman. Neither was injured.
The wreck happened shortly before 8:30 at Route 222 and Goshen Mill Road, according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications.
Tomlinson said it appeared the bus was traveling south on Route 222 and the taxi cab was pulling out onto Route 222 from Goshen Mill Road when they collided.
Both vehicles were towed, Kaufman said.
State police are investigating.
Lancaster Online is reporting on September 8, 2015 the following:
A Ford Explorer that turned the wrong way down a one-way street took down a fence and traversed a yard Sunday afternoon in Lancaster city before hitting the front porch of a home.
Police said the driver, a teenage boy, sustained minor injuries. He had no passengers, and no one else was harmed.
The incident in the 500 block of South Plum Street was reported at 12:01 p.m.
A neighbor who identified himself as Noel Pagan reported that he saw the whole thing.
Pagan said a police officer was in a vehicle parked in that block when the driver of the Explorer turned the wrong way into the street. The Explorer then hit a fence near the porch of corner property at 1 Chester St., traveled through the fenced yard — narrowly missing a light post — and went out the other end of the fence before crossing the street and stopping in the porch of 517 South Plum St.
Other bystanders reported that the driver revved the engine at several points during the incident.
“I was inside,” said Luz Acosta, who owns the home at 1 Chester St. She said it sounded like an earthquake, and that she was glad her mother — 87-year-old Juana Matos — who often sits on the porch, was not doing so when the Explorer came through.
“She would have had a heart attack,” Acosta said. She reported that her grandchildren often play in the fenced yard and had called earlier that day about coming over, but that she had told them not to because she had some shopping to do.
Taylor Walden, who said he bought the home at 517 S. Plum St. a few years ago, said he was on the third floor of the brick building when the Explorer hit its porch.
“I swear I thought my piano fell over,” he said.
City fire Capt. Ken Barton said the crash did extensive damage to the porch and popped off a wheel of the Explorer, but did not apparently damage the rest of the home.
Barton said that was the second vehicle-into-structure incident of the day. The first was early this morning, into the corner of the Brookshire Printing building in the 200 block of Hazel Street.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on September 3, 2015 the following:
A PennDOT dump truck got stuck under a bridge over Route 222 in Manheim Township Thursday morning, shutting down the southbound lanes and injuring the driver, authorities said.
The truck driver was working along Route 222 shortly after 11 a.m. and “forgot he had the dump bed up,” township police Lt. Tom Rudzinski said. The front part of the truck continued through under the Eden Road overpass but the dump bed became detached and got wedged underneath the bridge.
The driver suffered minor injuries, Rudzinski said.
Route 222 south was shut down between the Oregon Pike (Route 272) exit and Route 30 at around 11:45 a.m. It was not expected the highway would remain closed for very long, he said.
Engineers did an initial examination of the bridge and described damage as “cosmetic,” Rudzinski said. They planned to reinspect it after the dump truck bed was removed.
Rudzinski did not know what, if anything, the truck was carrying. He also did not immediately know if the driver would face any charges.
Lancaster Online is reporting on September 2, 2015 the following:
One person was injured in a motorcycle crash Tuesday afternoon in East Earl Township.
The accident occurred in the 600 block of Reading Road (Route 625) around 3:15 p.m. Initial reports indicated there were no other vehicles involved.
The rider was taken to the hospital but the person’s condition wasn’t available Tuesday night.
Reading Road was closed from Center Church Road to East Black Creek Road for about an hour as crews cleared the wreckage.
An East Earl Township officer said no information about the crash was available Tuesday night.
About 30 minutes later, crews in southern Lancaster County responded to a crash in Colerain Township involving two motorcycles.
One person was reported to be down in the road with a head injury, according to county dispatchers.
One patient was transported to Lancaster General Hospital. State police are investigating.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on August 31, 2015 the following:
Police said four males with obvious injuries fled after their car overturned Sunday night in Lancaster city.
Multiple people called 911 after the Mazda sedan crashed into a parked car and overturned in front of 425 Manor Street, just west of West King Street, shortly before 10 p.m.
The crash initially was reported with entrapment but officers heading to the area were advised that the occupants of the car ran away.
Police said they notified area hospitals to be on the look out for persons who may have been involved in the crash.
Sgt. Jason Ziegler said police don’t believe the occupants are seriously hurt. Witnesses said they appeared “sort of bloody and banged up.”
Ziegler said police tracked down the owner of the vehicle who told officers the car had been stolen.
Police remained at the scene late Sunday. Manor Street was closed from West King Street to Dorwart Street following the crash.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on August 21, 2015 the following:
Firefighters had to free a woman from her vehicle after a two-car crash Thursday night near Gap.
Crews from Christiana Fire Company and Gap Fire Rescue were dispatched around 8:15 p.m. to 5643 Strasburg Road, just east of Simmontown Road, in Sadsbury Township for a report of a crash with entrapment.
They arrived to find a Jeep on its side and a woman trapped in a gold sedan that had severe front-end damage.
A fire official did not know the extent of injury to either driver.
State police are investigating. No additional information was available late Thursday.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on August 20, 2015 the following:
At least five people were taken to the hospital after a Red Rose Transit bus collided with a vehicle Wednesday afternoon in West Earl Township.
The crash occurred around 3:20 p.m. at 3919 Oregon Pike (Route 272), in front of Oregon Pike Motors, at the intersection of Stone Quarry Road.
Police said the bus was traveling north on Oregon Pike behind a small, red car when the driver of the car abruptly slowed.
Trying to avoid a collision, the bus driver swerved to the left, striking a southbound Toyota Prius, officials said.
According to initial reports from the scene, there were nine people on the bus at the time of the crash. Three were reported to be injured.
A man and woman riding in the Prius also were hurt.
West Earl Township police said they didn’t know the conditions of the injured persons but said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
The crash remains under investigation. Police ask anyone with information to contact Officer Wendell Metzler at 859-1411
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Lancaster Online is reporting on August 17, 2015 the following:
And this little piggy did not go to market.
Actually, it’s 300 to 500 pounds.
The swine was the only one that escaped from a tractor-trailer hauling 80 full-grown pigs when the trailer overturned on the Route 30 East ramp to get onto Route 222 North in Manheim Township, police said. It happened shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.
The ramp is expected to remain closed most of the day, township police Lt. Tom Rudzinski said. Police hope it will be reopened in time for rush hour.
The driver was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Rudzinski said.
Firefighters tried to corral the escaped pig, but it eluded them and hustled down an embankment and through brush, he said. It ran in a southeast direction toward the Grandview Heights and Homeland developments before it disappeared.
“The pig is 300 to 500 pounds,” Rudzinski said. “The chances of someone catching it are not good. They will need assistance.”
He asked anyone who sees the pig to call Lancaster County-Wide Communications at 664-1180.
Shortly after noon, the remaining pigs were being loaded onto another truck, Rudzinski said. The overturned tractor-trailer will have to be uprighted before the ramp will reopen.
Police are hoping the ramp can reopen by rush hour, he said. The Route 222 South ramp to Route 30 East may also have to be closed at certain times during the work.
Rudzinski urged eastbound motorists on Route 30 to get off on Oregon Pike (Route 272) to avoid the traffic backups. If they miss that, they should get off Route 30 at New Holland Avenue (Route 23).
Police are still investigating to determine what caused the rollover.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on August 13, 2015 the following:
Cars ran off the road in separate one-vehicle crashes Wednesday in East Donegal Township.
The top of a tree got sheared off but no one was injured in a one-vehicle crash around 3:30 p.m. along Route 743 (Maytown Road) near Village Square Drive, just south of Maytown.
The vehicle went off the road at a slight curve and rolled on its side and down an embankment into an area of bushes and trees, according to Susquehanna Regional police Sgt. A.J. Hall.
It took emergency crews about 15 minutes to get the driver out of the car.
The other crash happened just after 7:20 p.m. when a car went off the road in front of 1678 Colebrook Road, hitting a mailbox and then a telephone pole, Hall said.
A passenger in the car was taken to the hospital, but Hall said no one was seriously injured.
Hall said both crashes looked a lot worse than they actually were.
Lancaster Online is reporting on August 11, 2015 the following:
Motorists are being redirected around a crash on Manheim Pike in Manheim Township, a county dispatch supervisor said.
A car and tractor-trailer crashed at around 6:15 a.m. in the 1400 block of Manheim Pike (Route 72), near West Roseville Road.
The car reportedly ended up underneath the tractor-trailer and a person was trapped, but not thought to be injured, according to county radio dispatches.
The person was freed from the wreckage in half an hour.
Route 72 was closed in both directions between West Roseville Road, which is just north of Route 30, and Plaza Boulevard, which leads to Park City Center.
A 73-year-old Ephrata woman was in serious condition at Lancaster General Hospital on Tuesday evening after a two-vehicle crash on Division Highway (Route 322) outside Ephrata.
Borough police said a vehicle driven by Shirley Wilk, 73, of Ephrata, pulled out of a dental office driveway in the 1200 block of Route 322, just east of the Route 222 interchange, about 3:25 p.m. and collided with a vehicle driven eastbound by Christopher Green, 41, of Phoenixville.
“Wilk was confined in her vehicle for about 15 minutes,” police said, until Ephrata Ambulance and Ephrata and Akron fire company personnel could free her. She was taken by ambulance to LGH. Green was treated at the scene.
The road was shut down in both directions for about 30 minutes, police said. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and were towed, they said.
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Route 283 westbound Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
A silver Toyota RAV4 went off the road after it and a gold Chevrolet HHR collided near the Route 772 interchange around 3:45 p.m.
The driver and passenger in the Toyota and the driver of the Chevrolet were taken to the hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening, a Fire Dept. Mount Joy chief officer said.
The incident closed one lane of Route 283 westbound and backed up traffic. The lane remained closed as of 4:45 p.m., while the vehicles were being removed, but was expected to reopen within an hour, the officer said.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on August 6, 2015 the following:
Police who responded to a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Warwick Township said they found syringes and “suspected heroin” in the possession of the driver allegedly at fault.
Alexander Torres-Melendez, 37, of Lititz, was driving a 2004 Toyota sedan eastbound on East Newport Road near Skyview Lane about 8:35 a.m. when he crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2004 Chevrolet sedan driven by Kenneth Lee Martin, 37, of New Holland, Northern Lancaster County Regional police said.
Martin was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with “moderate” injuries, police said. He was in fair condition Wednesday evening, a nursing supervisor said.
When police searched Torres-Melendez and his vehicle, they said they found syringes and what appeared to be heroin. Chemical tests are pending.
“Numerous witness accounts” said Torres-Melendez was driving erratically and crossed the center line multiple times before the crash, police said.
Torres-Melendez was not injured, police said.
Police were assisted by the Rothsville Fire Co., Rothsville Ambulance and Warwick Ambulance.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on August 5, 2015 the following:
About 30 passengers were aboard an RRTA bus when it crashed Tuesday afternoon into the Penn Square Parking Garage on South Duke Street.
Medics got the bus driver out and performed chest compressions before transporting her to the hospital, a witness said.
Others were injured as well but not seriously, police said.
The crash into the garage and several cars happened about 4:13 p.m.
Police closed South Duke Street between East Orange and East Vine streets, creating congestion at rush hour.
The bus may have cracked the garage wall, but did not crash through it, the witness said.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on August 4, 2015 the following:
A portion of Beaver Valley Pike near Old Road in Strasburg Township was closed Monday after a pickup truck left the roadway.
The vehicle went down an embankment and ended up in some trees around 3:40 p.m., Refton Fire Chief Wesley Hicks said.
The driver and only occupant, a man in his 60s, escaped with only minor injuries, Hicks said. He was examined at the scene and released.
“He’s very lucky,” the chief said.
Traffic was being detoured onto Old Road while crews recovered the truck, Hicks said. He said he expected Beaver Valley Pike to reopen by about 6:15 p.m.
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Emergency responders were called to the scene of a crash on Route 222 northbound shortly before 5 p.m. Monday.
County dispatch officials said one vehicle had overturned. Manheim Township police said the road was open as of 7 p.m., but could not immediately provide details of the incident.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on August 2, 2015 the following:
Two boats collided, injuring one, Sunday afternoon on the Susquehanna River in Manor Township, near Long Level Marina.
Three rescue boats were dispatched to the scene for a water rescue at around 3:37 p.m.
Reports to emergency dispatchers said a house boat and a Boston Whaler collided with one boat resting on top of the other. Later, one of the boats was starting to sink and the other was drifting away, dispatchers said. The boats were near Lock 2 on the York County side of the river.
At 4:02 p.m., crews on the scene said both boats were still floating and had been secured.
One man was injured with a head injury and was taken to a hospital.
Rescue crews responded to “two people on the ground” after a motorcycle crash at around 9:40 p.m. Friday.
The crash occurred near the intersection of Buck and Hollow roads in East Drumore Township. A supervisor with Lancaster County-wide Communications said both people were riding a single motorcycle at the time of the accident.
Both people were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries, the supervisor said. Neither the extent of their injuries nor the cause of the crash was immediately available.
The crash scene was cleared before 11 p.m.
Lancaster Online is reporting on July 27, 2015 the following:
A sport utility vehicle struck a porch in Earl Township in what police said was a chain-reaction crash involving four vehicles on Saturday morning.
According to police, Troy Fawber, 53, of Manheim was driving his Jeep east on West Main Street (Route 23) at Voganville Road around 7:45 a.m. when police said traffic slowed down and Fawber’s vehicle struck a vehicle in front of it, causing the crash.
One person was taken to the hospital for complaints of chest pain. A column on the porch and some bushes were knocked down.
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Multiple rescue crews responded Friday to a two-car crash in Fulton Township.
The accident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. in the 2000 block of Lancaster Pike at Joy Lane.
The initial police dispatch said someone was ejected from a vehicle after the collision. A Lancaster County-wide Communications supervisor was unable to verify the severity of the accident Friday evening.
A witness said there were “minor to moderate injuries” being treated at the scene.
Nearly 1,000 accidents involving large trucks occurred in Lancaster County in the past four years, according to the federal government.
There were 982 such accidents from 2011 through February 2015, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That ranked Lancaster County fourth in the state, behind only Allegheny, Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey cited the county-by-county federal crash data this week as he argued against a plan to allow longer tractor-trailers on Pennsylvania highways. He wants the provision removed from a federal transportation, housing and urban development appropriations bill.
Casey spokesman John Rizzo said the bill likely face a Senate vote in the fall.
Casey says the provision to allow longer trucks would make travel more dangerous and increase the strain on Pennsylvania’s aging highways and bridges. It would allow 85-foot double tractor-trailer trucks, in contrast to the 53-foot single-trailer trucks currently on Pennsylvania highways.
The provision has already passed the House.
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“The simple fact is that bigger trucks on the road mean the potential for larger accidents and increased dangers for our children and families,” Casey said in a press release. “Adding bigger, heavier trucks on the road will only put an additional strain on our already aging infrastructure.”
According to The Associated Press, police organizations oppose the measure, while trucking organizations support it as a way to improve efficiency. Jim Runk of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that longer trailers wouldn’t jeopardize safety and weight limits would remain the same.
Lancaster Online is reporting on July 19, 2015 the following:
Fire police have shut down a section of Blue Rock Road in Manor Township after a vehicle crashed into a telephone pole this morning.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to 3717 Blue Rock Rd., near Central Manor Elementary School, at 10:18 a.m for reports of a vehicle that flipped five times before hitting a pole, according to county radio.
One person was injured in the accident.
Telephone wires were four feet off the ground, but no electrical wires were down, responders reported.
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Emergency crews were called to Clay Road and East Newport Road in Warwick Township at 7:39 p.m. for a reported vehicle accident with injuries.
Initial reports on county radio communications said several ambulances were called.
No other information was immediately available
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A Maryland man driving erratically Thursday on Route 272 in Providence Township caused a “mass casualty incident” involving five other vehicles, police said.
The first crash occurred on Lancaster Pike (272) near Mount Airy Road and the last happened just south of Schoolhouse Road, police reported.
Lancaster County-wide Communications reported multiple injuries, including at least one entrapment, at the time of the accident.
The accident was reported at 3:38 p.m. Thursday. Route 272 was closed between Mount Airy and Truce roads for several hours, emergency dispatchers said.
According to a release Friday from state police, a black GMC pickup truck driven by Michael Wisniewski, 58, of Conowingo, Maryland, was heading south on Route 272 when it passed two vehicles “at a high rate of speed” in the area of Mount Airy Road. Wisniewski’s truck then struck a white Jeep in the rear; the Jeep pulled off the road, by Wisniewski continued driving south, police said.
Wisniewski crossed a double yellow line to pass several more vehicles, police said, and was heading for a pickup truck hauling a trailer. That driver swerved out of the way, but Wisniewski’s truck hit the trailer and kept going.
Wisniewski next hit the rear of a silver GMC Envoy that was stopped for a left turn onto Schoolhouse Road, police said. The impact forced the Envoy into the northbound lane and into the path of a silver Toyota, which it struck head-on.
Wisniewski continued south, crossing again into the northbound lane and crashing into a green Toyota sedan, police said. Both vehicles went off the road.
Multiple police, fire and EMS units responded to the scene. First responders called for a helicopter, but it was recalled and sent instead to a fatal crash in Strasburg Township.
All drivers were taken to the hospital for treatment. Wisniewski was in fair condition Friday evening, according to a Lancaster General Hospital spokeswoman.
State police did not release any information about charges pending against Wisniewski.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on July 13, 2015 the following:
Two people were taken to the hospital after a minivan slammed into a house along Route 30 in eastern Lancaster County Friday, an official said.
The minivan was headed east shortly after 10:30 a.m. when it went off the road for an unknown reason and struck a home at 5706 Lincoln Highway in Salisbury Township, according to Rob Beiler, a safety officer at Gap Fire & Rescue. It is near the Chester County border.
Firefighters freed the driver from the wrecked vehicle in about 15 minutes by taking off a car door and two car posts, he said. The driver, a man, and his passenger, a woman, were transported to an area hospital with “moderate injuries.”
No one was inside the home at the time of the accident, Beiler said. The home is about 50 feet from the road.
It is owned by Brian and Tammy Groff, according to county property records.
“There was extensive damage to the car and the house,” Beiler said. No early estimate of damage to the home was available, but it will certainly be in the thousands of dollars.
There were no fears of any part of the home collapsing, he said.
Beiler did not know what caused the driver to go off the road. State police are investigating.
A lane of traffic in each direction was allowed through in the area during the incident and there were no major traffic problems, Beiler said.
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Rescue crews responded Thursday afternoon to a “mass casualty incident” on Route 272 in Providence Township.
The incident apparently involved a collision of at least five vehicles on Lancaster Pike at Schoolhouse Road. Lancaster County-wide Communications reported multiple injuries, including at least one entrapment.
The accident was reported at 3:37 p.m. Thursday. Route 272 was closed between Mount Airy and Truce roads but has since re-opened, county emergency dispatchers said.
The accident apparently involved a pickup truck that was driving erratically when it tried to pass and struck several vehicles. First responders called for a helicopter to come to the scene; however, the helicopter was recalled and sent instead to a head-on collision in Strasburg Township.
Multiple police, fire and EMS units responded to the scene.
Please check back for more information as it becomes available.
Lancaster Online is reporting on July 13, 2015 the following:
A woman was taken to the hospital after being ejected from a vehicle in an accident in Martic Township Sunday morning.
The accident was just before 11 a.m. along the 400 block of Drytown Road, at Pencroft Drive North, according to emergency dispatches.
The area is north of Muddy Run park in the southwestern part of Lancaster County.
It is believed the accident involved a lone vehicle.
The vehicle was upside down along the side of the road when rescuers arrived at the scene.
Witnesses said the woman was talking to emergency officials at the scene.
Her name was not released by Lancaster state police on Sunday.
Along with state police, EMS and fire crews responded to the accident.
A woman suffered a broken ankle while rock climbing Sunday morning in Conestoga Township.
A call came into Lancaster County-wide Communications at 11:21 a.m. Sunday reporting a 27-year-old woman had fallen while climbing off Green Hill Road near Brenner Quarry Road along the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks, north of the Muddy Run recreation area.
According to county radio transmissions, the woman was unable to walk out of the area and needed help.
Conestoga, New Danville and Blue Rock fire companies and Lancaster EMS responded to the scene. Firefighters reported that she was having trouble breathing.
A crew used a four-wheel drive vehicle to get to the woman, then transported her from the scene along the Susquehanna River to a waiting ambulance on Brenner Quarry Road.
The woman was taken to the hospital 45 minutes after the first firefighters arrived.
Emergency crews responded to two motorcycle accidents that occurred within 6 minutes of each other in different parts of Lancaster County.
The first occurred at 7:08 p.m. Sunday on Route 222 northbound in West Earl Township, near the Pool Road crossing.
The second occurred at 7:14 p.m. at the intersection of routes 241 and 441 in Conoy Township.
A supervisor with Lancaster County-wide Communications said both incidents were single-vehicle accidents, and both cyclists sustained only minor injuries.
The intersection in Conoy was closed temporarily.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on July 12, 2015 the following:
A woman was taken to the hospital after being ejected from a vehicle in an accident in Martic Township Sunday morning.
The accident just before 11 a.m. along the 400 block of Drytown Road, at Pencroft Drive North, according to emergency dispatches.
The area is north of Muddy Run park in the southwestern part of Lancaster County.
It is believed the accident involved a lone vehicle.
Lancaster state police, EMS and fire officials have responded to the scene.
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A three-car collision closed Lincoln Highway and Old Philadelphia Pike, east of Lancaster, for about 90 minutes Friday night.
The crash occurred at around 11:35 p.m. in front of Weis Markets in East Lampeter Township.
Two people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of injuries. Their condition is unknown.
East Lampeter Township police are investigating the crash.
A Mitsubishi SUV rolled over and ended up on its side. Both the SUV and an Acura with extensive front-end damage had to be cut open by firefighters to free the occupants.
A third vehicle, a Mercedes ML 550, had moderate damage to the front end. All three vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
A grocery manager from Weis extinguished a small fire in the Mitsubishi before the fire department arrived on the scene, a witness said
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Lancaster Online is reporting on July 8, 2015 the following:
A single-vehicle accident in East Cocalico Township ended with a car rolling into the porch of a home in the 700 block of South Ridge Road.
The accident happened just before 8 p.m. Tuesday when a Volkswagen Jetta hit a telephone pole, then glanced off a tree before rolling into the porch of the home, according to Shawn Hilton, deputy chief of the Denver Fire Company.
Hilton said the driver suffered only minor injuries in the crash.
A woman who lived at the house was there at the time of the accident and had recently been out in front of the house weeding, Hilton said.
She was uninjured in the crash, Hilton said.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on July 6, 2015 the following:
Four people were reportedly injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday night in Providence Township in southern Lancaster County.
Emergency crews were dispatched to Route 272 south near Pennsy Road just before 10 p.m.
Initial reports indicated that one vehicle had overturned and one male was lying in the road but was conscious.
The severity of injuries wasn’t immediately known, however, a witness at the scene said none appeared to be serious.
At least two people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital.
Lancaster Online is reporting on July 2, 2015 the following:
An Ephrata woman was injured Wednesday after she tried to retrieve something she dropped from her vehicle while at a drive-through ATM.
Joy Oberholtzer, 30, of Ephrata, was pinned by the door of her minivan, a post and the ground when her minivan unexpectedly coasted backward at the Susquehanna Bank drive-through, 1300 W. Main St., Ephrata, Ephrata Police said.
Oberholtzer’s foot also got entangled in her minivan’s wheel well.
Rescue crews and fire departments assisted in extricating her, police said.
She was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and released
Lancaster Online is reporting on June 29, 2015 the following:
A vehicle flipped over with four people inside in an accident Sunday afternoon in Providence Township.
The accident was at 1550 Rawlinsville Road, near the intersection with Stump Road.
After the vehicle rolled, all four people got out on their own.
The vehicle, a small, four-door sedan, ended up off the road, with major damage.
Emergency workers tended to their injuries and all four were transported to the hospital for further treatment.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on June 18, 2015 the following:
Traffic was detoured for several hours as officials investigated an accident in East Hempfield Township Thursday afternoon.
The 11:44 a.m. accident happened at Running Pump and Old Tree roads. Police said two people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital but did not release their names or information about injuries.
Fire police detoured motorists as the wreckage was cleared from the scene.
Temporarily closed were: Running Pump Road, between Marietta and Columbia avenues; and Old Tree Road, from Rohrerstown and Running Pump roads.
Two cars were involved in the crash. One had front-end damage and the other had passenger-side damage.
East Hempfield Township police are asking any witnesses to contact them at 898-3103.
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Three people were reported to be injured in an accident in Manheim Township early Wednesday afternoon.
The 1:28 p.m. accident was near the intersection of Manheim Pike and Abraso Street, north of the Manheim Pike/Dillerville Road intersection and just north of Lancaster.
Traffic was being detoured around the accident area. Further details on the accident, and the severity of the injuries, were not immediately available.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on June 16, 2015 the following:
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday on Route 222 in Manheim Township, police said.
Anthony D. Stine, 20, of Elizabethtown, was driving south on Route 222, north of Landis Valley Road, Manheim Township police Lt. Tom Rudzinski said.
Stine’s vehicle at 3:15 p.m. crossed the center median and entered the northbound lanes, striking a vehicle being driven by Dale K. Weber, 58, of Reinholds, Rudzinski said.
Two people had to be freed from a pickup truck by emergency personnel, according to radio dispatch reports.
Stine and a passenger in his vehicle were taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries, Rudzinski said.
An Ephrata man was injured in a two-car crash in Akron Tuesday, police said.
Benjamin Ressler, 37, was driving a Ford Taurus west in the 3200 block of Rothsville Road shortly after 10 a.m., Akron Borough Police Chief Tom Zell said. Ressler struck the back of an Acura driven by Donald Clark, 61, of Ephrata, which had stopped to make a left turn onto Fulton Street.
Ephrata Ambulance took Ressler to Ephrata Community Hospital with apparent moderate injuries, Zell said. Clark and his passenger were not injured.
Rothsville Road was closed in the area for a time.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on June 15, 2015 the following:
Crews responded to a crash on Route 222 South near East Mohler Church Road in Ephrata Township, according to county radio dispatches.
A vehicle was reportedly on its side in the 5:15 a.m. wreck.
One person was freed from the wrecked vehicle about 15 minutes after the crash and was being treated by EMS.
One southbound lane was closed in the area for a short time, Ephrata police said.
Thousands and thousands of mayflies swarmed the lights on the Route 462 bridge, died and fell to the road, causing three motorcycle crashes, a fire official said. The coating of dead mayflies (also called shadflies) was about an inch thick.
At 10:30 p.m., a motorist stopped at the Wrightsville Fire Department station and reported an eastbound motorcycle had crashed on the Wrightsville side of the bridge, Wrightsville Fire Chief Chad Livelsberger said. Firefighters encountered a surreal scene.
“It was like a blizzard in June, but instead of snow, it was mayflies,” Livelsberger said. Dead mayflies about an inch thick covered a large section of the bridge.
“It was very slick, almost like ice,” the chief said. “It was hard to stop, in
the engine and the vehicles.” Livelsberger’s pickup truck skidded to a stop. “When you go to pull out, all your tires would do was spin.”
The black mayflies are close to 2 inches long and a quarter-inch wide, Livelsberger said. “It looks like a meal worm with wings.”
While tending the motorcyclist, emergency responders saw another eastbound motorcycle crash onto its side at the slight bend in the road near the Wrightsville side of the bridge.
Columbia Borough Fire Chief Scott Ryno arrived and agreed with Livelsberger that dangerous conditions warranted closing the road, Livelsberger said.
“Visibility was zero for maybe a quarter mile (across the bridge) from the York County shore,” he said. There were not as many mayflies on the Columbia side of the bridge, but enough to cause a third motorcycle crash close to the Columbia shore just before the road was shut down around 11 p.m.
Traffic crawled across the bridge before it was shut down amidst the mayflies invasion.
“They were getting in our mouth,” he said. “We had to close our eyes. We had to swat them away. Even when we got back, it felt like bugs were crawling in you.”
Mayflies flew in their shirts and holes in their vehicles, Livelsberger said. More than a hundred mayflies flew into his personal vehicle in the time it took him to open the door and get inside.
“We had to rip our radiators off” to clean the bugs out, he said.
A PennDOT crew used a street sweeper to clean the mayflies from the bridge, he said. Fire police reopened the road around midnight, after the swarm of mayflies began to wane.
Three men suffered minor road rashes in the motorcycle crashes and did not require medical transport, Livelsberger said. He believes all the wrecks were not serious enough to be reportable, but the motorcycles were damaged.
Livelsberger grew up in Wrightsville and has served as chief since 2012 and in other positions at the fire company since 1998.
“I never saw anything like it,” he said of Thursday night’s mayflies invasion. Last year, mayflies piled up on the sidewalks along the bridge but “that did no justice to what we saw (Thursday night). I never saw the bridge get that covered with mayflies that it impaired people’s driving.”
Livelsberger did not know whether to expect a similar explosion of mayflies again in coming days. No special monitoring is planned, he said, but firefighters will be ready to respond to any reports the bugs are back.
West Hempfield Township police Officer Brad Rohrbaugh could not confirm how many accidents there were, saying Wrightsville police and Columbia Borough police also investigate crashes on the portions of the bridge stretching over land.
Those departments did not immediately return phone calls Sunday.
Livelsberger blamed the new type of lighting on the Route 462 bridge with attracting the mayflies. The bridge’s new art deco lights were installed last year as part of a $2.1 million renovation project.
Experts explained the mayflies phenomenon last year.
The bugs hatch from the Susquehanna River and gravitate en masse to the lights.
For years, the bridge was lit by lights on long poles well above the decking. But the new lights, placed on where they were when the bridge opened in 1930, are only about 10 feet above the road surface.
That’s like a magnet for emerging mayflies, who mate in large clouds. The males die promptly while the females lay their eggs and then also die.
There are reportedly more than 300 very similar looking species of mayflies in Pennsylvania.
The effort to restore the lights to their original appearance was a long effort headed by Rivertownes PA USA, a nonprofit group.
Columbia Mayor Leo Lutz last year said residents liked the historically correct new appearance of the bridge and boaters liked the lights because they could see rocks in the river while fishing at night.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on June 8, 2015 the following:
A three-vehicle accident in Lancaster City has left at least two motorists with injuries, witnesses said.
Lancaster City police and other emergency personnel are at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 1:35 p.m. Monday at East Orange and North Marshall streets.
An eyewitness said he saw a vehicle go through a stop sign on Marshall and then collide with a pickup truck that was traveling on Orange.
The two vehicles then collided with a third that was driving past the intersection, the witness said.
The severity of the injuries could not be immediately determined.
The East Orange/North Marshall intersection is on the eastern side of the city, next to Lancaster County Prison and near Reservoir Park.
Lancaster Online is reporting on June 1, 2015 the following:
A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash Sunday in Columbia.
The accident happened around 2:15 p.m. near North 2nd Street and Chestnut Street.
Few details were available but a Lancaster County-Wide Communications supervisor described the crash as “serious” and said the rider was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The area was closed for several hours as officials investigated.
No information about the crash was available from Columbia police Sunday.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 27, 2015 the following:
Three people were injured in a three-vehicle crash in Penn Township Wednesday morning, according to county radio dispatches.
A cement truck and two cars wrecked at Fruitville Pike and Lititz Road shortly before 7 a.m.
One person was reportedly trapped in the wreckage.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on May 24, 2015 the following:
Four people were injured in a head-on collision between two vehicles on Lebanon Road in Rapho Township around 1:54 p.m. Saturday.
The female driver of one vehicle was entrapped and a door and windshield had to be removed to free her, according to Manheim Fire Company Chief Dan Wagner.
She was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Three teen girls also were taken to the hospital with less serious head injuries. Manheim Borough police were investigating.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 19, 2015 the following:
Two runners were struck by a vehicle in East Hempfield Township Tuesday morning, according to county radio dispatches.
It happened at around 6:45 a.m. in the 600 block of Church Street.
Church Street was closed between Bowman & Nolt roads, near the Hempfield schools complex.
Two people were transported to Lancaster General Hospital, a county dispatch supervisor said. Extent of injuries was unknown.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 17, 2015 the following:
Five people were injured after a three-vehicle crash on Route 272 south of Lancaster on Saturday.
The 6:20 p.m. crash was on Willow Street Pike (Route 272) at West Boehms Road.
A total of five people from the vehicles were transported to the hospital, police and fire officials at the scene said.
Southern Regional Police officer Jesse Blank said Saturday’s accident occurred when a car driven northbound on 272 by Keith Bleacher of Manheim apparently hydroplaned on the wet roadway and crossed into the southbound lane.
There, it struck a vehicle driven by Wendy Breckbill of Willow Street, who had her twin 7-year-old daughters with her in her vehicle.
A van then came upon the two vehicles and sideswiped Bleacher’s car.
Breckbill, her daughters and two passengers in Bleacher’s car were taken to Lancaster General.
Breckbill was admitted to the emergency room, while her daughters were in stable condition, Officer Blank said.
Two passengers in Bleacher’s car also were in being treated at the hospital.
The crash scene is in Pequea Township, just south of Willow Street.
Two of the three vehicles involved in the crash had heavy damage, West Willow Fire Chief Jason Topper said at the scene.
The heavily-traveled road was closed for about an hour immediately after the crash.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on May 12, 2015 the following:
Three people appeared to suffer serious injuries in a two-car crash, with entrapment, that happened over the weekend at Route 272 and West Kendig Road in West Lampeter Township, police said.
James A. Williams, 29, of Willow Street, was heading east on Kendig Road when he pulled out from a stop sign and into the path of a car being driven by Dalia Ramirez-Garzon, 29, of Lancaster, said West Lampeter Police Cpl. Jeremy Schroeder.
Ramirez-Garzon hit Williams’ vehicle broadside and her car then went on to hit farm equipment, railroad ties and shrubbery that was off to the side of the road, Schroeder said.
Ramirez-Garzon was not injured but her three adult passengers had to be extricated from her vehicle by the Willow Street Fire Company. All three were transported to a hospital, and appeared to have serious injuries, said Schroeder, who did not know the details of their conditions on Monday.
Williams was transported to a hospital but did not appear to be seriously injured, Schroeder said.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on May 11, 2015 the following:
One person was transported to the hospital after a crash involving a motorcycle and horse and buggy Sunday in East Earl Township.
The accident occurred around 4:10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Gault Road, east of Route 897.
Initial reports indicated the cycle rider was down and pinned under the bike.
No one in the buggy was believed to be injured, according to radio reports.
The injured person was taken to Lancaster General Hospital. The extent of the person’s injuries wasn’t immediately known.
One person was hurt and three cars were damaged in an accident in Fulton Township Monday morning.
A driver ran a stop sign at Peach Bottom Road and Route 222/272, a witness said.
The driver was heading west on Nottingham Road, which turns into Peach Bottom Road after the intersection. The driver’s vehicle hit two cars that were traveling north and south on Route 222/272, the witness said.
All three cars were damaged in the accident. At least one person was transported to the hospital via an ambulance.
The intersection was closed for a time as the vehicles were removed by tow trucks.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on May 7, 2015 the following:
Lancaster city police haven’t charged anyone in the Wednesday crash in which an ambulance carrying a shooting victim collided with an SUV at a city intersection.
A Warwick Community Ambulance, carrying a man who was shot in the jaw at a Lititz-area parking lot, proceeded through a red light at Clay and Duke streets – a block from its destination: Lancaster General Hospital.
A Mazda SUV, with a green light traveling on Clay Street, also proceeded through the intersection, according to police.
Thursday morning, city police Lt. Todd Umstead said no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.
Both female drivers were treated at LGH.
Warwick Community Ambulance’s president said his driver stopped at the red light before traveling through toward the hospital.
So, who was at fault?
Here’s the law regarding yielding for emergency vehicles, as outlined in the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code:
Regarding the ambulance driver:
The driver of an (ambulance) shall comply with maximum speed limits, red signal indications and stop signs. After ascertaining that the (ambulance) will be given the right-of-way, the driver may proceed through a red signal indication or stop sign.”
Regarding the vehicle driver:
“Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle making use of an audible signal and visual signals… the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection and shall stop…”
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 6, 2015 the following:
A tractor-trailer overturned Wednesday, closing a ramp leading from Route 772 to the eastbound lanes of Route 283 in Rapho Township, a county dispatch supervisor said.
An ambulance took one person to the hospital after the 5 a.m. accident.
Check Lancaster Online later for an update to this story.
Lancaster Online is reporting on May 4, 2015 the following:
One person was hospitalized after a van and pickup truck collided Monday in New Holland.
Officials said Ramon De Los Santos, 65, of Philadelphia, was southbound on North Railroad Avenue when he went through a red light at Main Street just before 8:30 a.m.
The van struck a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Samuel Whirt, 59, of New Holland, which was heading west on Main Street, according to New Holland police.
Both drivers had minor injuries. Whirt was taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment, police said.
Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
Police said De Los Santos was cited for a red light violation.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on May 3, 2015 the following:
The driver was injured when a tractor-trailer hauling stone overturned in eastern Lancaster County Monday.
The tractor-trailer overturned onto its side at New Holland Road and Edgewood Drive in Earl Township at 2:30 a.m., Lancaster County-Wide Communications reported.
Emergency personnel took the driver to Lancaster General Hospital. The severity of his injuries was not known.
New Holland Road was closed between Eastern School and Hill roads.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on May 3, 2015 the following:
A motorcyclist was injured in an accident just after noon along Route 72 just south of Manheim.
Fire and police are at the scene of the crash, which occurred at 72 and Sun Hill Road, Lancaster County emergency dispatchers said.
The accident site is in Penn Township.
There is no word on the severity of the motorcyclist’s injuries.
Emergency crews are on the scene of an accident involving a motorcycle on Route 462 at Route 30 in East Lampeter Township.
The crash occurred at around 10:45 p.m. Friday. A supervisor with Lancaster County-wide Communications said the cyclist was ejected from his vehicle.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether or not a second vehicle was involved.
No further details were available Friday night. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area, as portions of the roadways are blocked.
Three juveniles were injured in a single-vehicle crash Thursday night in Rapho Township, according to Manheim Borough police.
The accident was reported just after 8 p.m. in the 1600 block of Baker Road, north of Hossler Road.
Police late Thursday said it appeared the vehicle went airborne and rolled over but said the crash was still under investigation.
Initial reports indicated that a 13-year-old girl was complaining of hip pain after the crash.
A Manheim Borough police officer said late Thursday the three juveniles were taken to the hospital but did not know the extent of their injuries.
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Lancaster Online is reporting on April 29, 2015 the following:
A driver was taken to the hospital after a sport utility vehicle hit a tree on East Walnut Street in Lancaster Wednesday.
The SUV hit the tree at about 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of East Walnut and North Broad streets.
Emergency workers had to remove the driver from the SUV. She was transported by an ambulance to a local hospital.
A man was trapped after his vehicle struck a pole head-on at 4 p.m. in the 900 block of Strasburg Road (Route 741) Wednesday