An otherwise peaceful Pennsylvania road was the scene of a horrific crash earlier this month. When an emergency vehicle, like an ambulance or police vehicle, has their siren on and lights flashing, they can reach high speeds in pursuit or in transit as backup on an emergency call. This can cause a dangerous situation for all on the road. 2 are dead and three more injured in a crash in South Heidelberg Township.
It happened in the morning hours, around 10:30 at Route 42 and Sportsman road. It was a fiery car accident scene when authorities arrived. A state sport utility vehicle with a state trooper inside had crashed into another vehicle when it was crossing the intersection at Sportsman road. The impact pushed both vehicles into the eastbound lane where it struck another vehicle with two occupants inside.
The two in the vehicle initially struck by the police vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene with the remaining 3 victims treated at a nearby hospital. The trooper was responding to a call on assault on another officer, just across town at the 400 block of West Oak Ave. The man accused of assaulting the officer was wanted on warrants for DUI and probation warrants. One of the vehicles did catch fire in the crash.
A second officer in pursuit of the back-up call quickly came upon the car crash scene and was able to administer first aid immediately until first responders could arrive. There is a full investigation on-going in which crash reconstruction will take place. This will tell more about how the crash occurred. The state trooper did have his lights on and siren blaring at the team of the crash.