Police charged a 43-year-old man from Hummelstown with driving while under the influence after he was involved in a head-on crash that led to two people being hospitalized. According to Pennsylvania State Police, the vehicle the man was operating crossed the roadway and went through the guardrail. He struck another vehicle being operated by a 74-year-old man from Harrisburg. The incident took place around 5:45 p.m. on April 10.
On April 6, a Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a drunk driving accident that seriously injured an 80-year-old woman in Thornbury in October 2014. He faces up to six years in state prison.
A crash around 7:50 p.m. on Mar. 19 in Feasterville resulted in the death of a 64-year-old woman and a 79-year-old man from Fairless Hills. They had both been riding in the same vehicle. Police ordered a test on another vehicle's driver for a possible DUI charge.
On March 6, a 31-year-old man failed to maintain control of the commercial coal truck he was driving eastward along Route 422. The coal truck ended up rolling over and skidding into the wrong side of the road. At some point during the incident, which unfolded around 2 p.m., the out-of-control truck hit a pickup truck carrying a 34-year-old woman and her passenger. This vehicle was subsequently struck from behind by an SUV.
One man was killed, and two people were injured in a hit-and-run accident in Kiski Township on Feb. 13. Police eventually found and arrested the driver who had run from the scene of the accident.
Impaired driving kills and injures thousands of people every year and also costs the United States more than $59 billion annually. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that each fatal crash involving alcohol costs about $3.5 million while crashes resulting in injury cost about $99,000. There are many prevention efforts in place aimed to combat alcohol-related driving in Pennsylvania and the U.S.
In a preliminary hearing on Jan. 5, a Berks County district judge found sufficient evidence to send a case about a seven-vehicle accident to trial. The crash took place on May 12, 2014, and the man going to trial faces charges for three felony counts of homicide by vehicle. Authorities say that the accident occurred on Interstate 78 East when a 56-year-old man, who is from New Jersey, failed to accommodate slow traffic while driving a tractor-trailer, and his truck hit a car driven by a 52-year-old Allentown man in the left lane. The impact sent the car forward into other vehicles, and the Allentown man died after his car burst into flames. Other fires erupted due to the first one, and one of the vehicle fires killed a 57-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman, who were both from York.
An accident between a SUV that was driving on the wrong side of the road and a horse and buggy has caused the hospitalization of five people and the citation of the driver in Pennsylvania. The accident happened at about 7 a.m. on Dec. 21.
A crash on Interstate 80 involving multiple vehicles left two people dead, according to authorities. The accident reportedly happened in Centre County on Nov. 22 at about 4:30 p.m.
According to reports, a fatal accident involving a car and a pickup truck occurred at about 10:30 a.m. in Jackson Township on Oct. 24. A 74-year-old woman was declared dead at the scene while one other person suffered a head injury in the wreck.