Berks County drivers are expected to follow the rules of the road, and perhaps the number one rule of the road is to drive in the correct lane. Thankfully, most drivers do not have a problem following this simple rule. But, all it takes is one person to wreak havoc and cause catastrophic injuries. According to police, a motorist driving in the wrong lane injured seven people in Pennsylvania a few weeks ago.
Police said that the driver struck five children and two adults while driving in the wrong lane through a residential development. Of the seven people who were injured, five of them were airlifted to hospitals following the auto accident. One adult was listed in serious condition after the accident.
According to police, the driver was in custody, and law enforcement officials were still determining what caused the accident. Pictures of the crash scene showed a car with a smashed windshield. The car was on the front lawn of a residence. The picture showed what appeared to be a person's shoe lying on the road.
A local resident told a reporter that the car accident happened in front of the home of a local emergency room physician. This doctor reportedly treated many of the victims before emergency services arrived on the scene.
It wasn't clear why the driver was allegedly in the wrong lane and why the pedestrians were hit. Very often, these things happen when a motorist is intoxicated or distracted. Intoxicated driving and distracted driving are both illegal and can expose a motorist to liability for any resulting injuries.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Car Hits 7, Including 5 Children, on Pennsylvania Street," Aug. 25, 2017