Our October 18th edition of the weekly accident roundup takes a closer look at a serious accident which shut down the PA turnpike, two fatal accidents involving pedestrian deaths, and a massive leak of ammonia at a Montgomery County industrial plant.
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PA Turnpike Lane Shut Down After Serious Bucks County Accident
A serious multi-vehicle accident shut down the right lane and shoulder of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks County on Tuesday. The accident occurred around 6:30 a.m. Video of the scene showed that an SUV appeared to have rear-ended a tractor-trailer. One of the SUV’s wheels and debris from the front end were strewn across the side of the highway.
One person was flown to Temple University Hospital for injury treatment. No word has been released on that person’s condition.
Pedestrian Killed In Southwest Philadelphia Hit-And-Run
A man was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Southwest Philadelphia on Sunday, October 16th. The accident occurred around 10 p.m. on the 2300 block of 67th street.
According to police, a man in his 40s was walking in the crosswalk at an intersection near Paschall Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver fled the scene. Emergency responders transported the man to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
Police are currently searching for a grey van which was seen leaving the accident scene.
32,000 Pounds Of Ammonia Leak At Montgomery County Meat-Packing Plant
A leak of between 32,000-34,000 pounds of ammonia brought the Montgomery County Hazmat team to a meat-packing plant in Souderton on the morning of Sunday, October 15th. The incident occurred around 10 a.m. at the JBS Packerland meat-packing plant. Hazmat team members discovered that the leak was coming from a piece of plant machinery. Between 6,000-8,000 pounds of remaining ammonia was transported to recovery trucks following the leak.
Fortunately, no injuries to plant workers or first responders were reported. According to police, there is “reduced concern” that the leak will release dangerous fumes to nearby communities, as it was concentrated in one part of the plant. However, the environmental ramifications are still unknown.
Elderly Woman Struck And Killed By NJ Transit Bus In Voorhees
An 86-year-old woman from Cherry Hill was killed in an accident involving an NJ Transit bus at the Voorhees Town Center on Tuesday, October 17th. The accident occurred around 1:41 pm when the woman was struck by a bus while walking outside of Boscov’s Department Store. Police and EMS responded and tried to save the woman’s life, but she died on the scene.
Police are currently searching for witnesses and surveillance video from the scene. The New Jersey State Police are investigating the bus for possible malfunctions which may have caused the accident. The bus driver is cooperating with the investigation.