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Head-on collision claims life of woman in Pennsylvania

On Sept. 4, authorities in Montgomery County charged a 27-year-old man in relation to a July 10 accident. A 69-year-old woman was killed during the accident, a head-on collision, and her 72-year-old husband suffered severe injuries.

The 27-year-old man faces charges of vehicular homicide and assault in connection with the crash. Authorities also accused him of speeding, reckless driving and misdemeanor DUI.

City township assistant manager killed in motorcycle accident

The assistant manager of West Manchester Township was killed in a motorcycle crash on Aug. 29. Her companion, the township manager, was seriously injured in the same accident. The two were traveling northbound on Route 281 around 5:30 p.m. when a southbound vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and struck them. Both the driver and passenger were thrown from the motorcycle after the impact.

The driver and passenger on the motorcycle were wearing helmets at the time of the accident, according to authorities. They were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, but the woman was pronounced dead by hospital officials. Information was not available about the condition of the man with whom she was traveling. According to police reports, the man who crossed traffic and struck the motorcycle was not injured in the accident. There are no details at this time regarding why the driver of the van crossed the center line and went into oncoming traffic.

Semi-truck crashes into Pennsylvania home after collision

According to police in Philadelphia, an SUV ran a red light at the intersection of Levick and Farnsworth Streets at 7:15 PM on Aug. 28 and crashed into a semi-truck. This caused the truck to crash into a house, which left a large hole in the home's brick wall. No one was inside the house at the time of the accident, but both drivers were harmed in the accident.

Neighbors rushed to the aid of both drivers, and police assisted when they arrived on the scene. One of those neighbors was interviewed by the news source and said the driver with whom spoke after the accident seemed to be stable at the time despite having suffered an arm injury. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Pennsylvania man killed on account of head-on crash

On August 23, two individuals were injured and another was killed in a Springfield Township accident. According to authorities, the fatal incident happened around 5:30 p.m., when a 72-year-old woman driving a Ford F-150 the wrong way on a northbound lane of Richlandtown Pike collided head-on with a Honda Civic.

The F-150 sustained major damage, and its 72-year-old driver suffered minor injuries. The Honda Civic driver, a 25-year-old man, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision. Officials pronounced him dead at the accident scene. Two passengers in the Honda, a 24-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man, suffered major injuries. Emergency personnel transported them via helicopter to St. Luke's University Hospital for treatment.

1 dead after 3-vehicle accident in Pennsylvania

At 7:48 a.m. on August 15, an auto accident occurred in the 3300 block of Route 30 and resulted in the death of one person and injuries to several others in Franklin County. According to Pennsylvania State Police, a 63-year-old man was driving east when his vehicle first veered into the center turn lane then crossed the centerline into westbound traffic. It then struck two vehicles in sequence.

The driver of one of the westbound vehicles, a 51-year-old man, went into cardiac arrest at the accident site and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. The other driver, a 33-year-old female, and the 63-year-old man were airlifted to York Hospital. Information on the severity of their injuries was not included in the news source. Three passengers in one of the vehicles were transported to Chambersburg Hospital with minor injuries.

Woman killed by teenage driver

A 19-year-old Pennsylvania woman faces manslaughter charges for her involvement in a car accident that killed a 65-year-old woman on April 12. The collision occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Route 145 in North Whitehall Township near Clearview Road. The teenager admitted to emergency response personnel that she was tired and that she may have dozed off while driving home after working her 11-hour shift at Lehigh Valley Mall. She stated that she only had a few hours of sleep the night before.

According to police, the teenager was headed north on Route 145 when she swerved and struck the 65-year-old woman driving in the southbound lane. Police say there was no evidence indicating that she attempted to stop or avoid the collision. Her speedometer was stuck displaying 70 mph after the crash while the speed limit for that section of the highway is 55 mph. The teenager claims she cannot remember the accident occurring or the moments leading up to the crash. A paramedic who spoke with the teenager at the scene testified that she seemed oriented and alert after the wreck.

Car rental firms warned GM of possible defect

Pennsylvania residents who own a General Motors-manufactured vehicle might like to know that multiple car rental firms notified the automaker about fatal crashes in its vehicles and urged it to conduct an investigation. Some of the warnings were issued more than eight years before the company launched the biggest recall in automotive history.

In early 2014, GM issued a recall that affected around 2.6 million vehicles, including the Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion and four more models. In a matter of months, this number surpassed 16 million. The defect involves a faulty ignition switch that may turn off the engine when bumped. If an owner is driving the vehicle when this happens, they could lose steering and braking capabilities, increasing the risk of an auto accident. The air bags could also become disabled, which could result in serious and fatal injuries.

Family suffers minor injuries in Pennsylvania truck accident

A truck accident that occurred in Pennsylvania on July 29 left a family of three with only minor injuries. According to the report, the incident took place around 3 p.m. in Bucks County.

Authorities stated that the family was in a minivan that was traveling east when they were struck by a truck whose driver had lost control. The impact of the collision caused the truck to flip over onto the van. The van's driver and the front-seat passenger were able to get themselves out of the vehicle, and a rescue team managed to get their 17-year-old son out of the middle row.

2 injured in motorcycle accident

Pennsylvania State Police reported that a serious motorcycle accident in Greene Township that injured two people occurred on the morning of July 12. The driver and a passenger on the motorcycle both suffered major injuries, and no other injuries were reported.

According to law enforcement authorities, a motorcycle was traveling southbound on State Road 997 when the 65-year-old male driver of the motorcycle attempted to negotiate a right curve. His handlebar struck the side mirror of another vehicle. The motorcycle slid on its side into the northbound lane of traffic where it came to a stop with severe damage.

Pennsylvania Turnpike crash involving stolen car injures 4

Four people suffered injuries in a one-vehicle accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike after a stolen SUV hit a call box on July 9. Police believe the accident in northern Lancaster County was the result of reckless driving and could have involved intoxicants.

A 24-year-old New Jersey man driving a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban struck an emergency call box while traveling west in Caernarvon Township near the Morgantown exit at around 10:50 p.m. The vehicle then passed through lanes and hit a cement center wall before crossing lanes again and hitting a metal guard rail. The car flipped and landed upside down atop the guard rail on the right side of the road.

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