A crash on Old Route 22 in Upper Bern Township resulted in the death of a 59-year-old woman from Hamburg, PA, Thursday, November 9, 2023, at approximately 11:25pm. A 17-year-old male from Bernville, PA also sustained suspected serious injuries.
According a preliminary investigation conducted by Pennsylvania State Police, the crash involved three vehicles. The sequence of events was outlined as the westbound Unit #1, traveling at a high speed, attempted to overtake the third vehicle (Unit #3) by crossing the solid, double yellow line. Simultaneously, Unit #2 was heading east on the same route and was struck by Unit #1 in the process of overtaking.
Tragically, the collision resulted in the death of the 59-year-old female operator of Unit #2. The 17-year-old male operator of Unit #1 was rushed to Reading Hospital – Tower Health due to suspected serious injuries, while the 49-year-old male operator of Unit #3 declined medical assistance at the scene.
Assisting State Police on-site were multiple local agencies, including the Bernville Community Fire Co., Shartlesville Fire Company, Union Fire Company No. 1 of Hamburg, and Hamburg Ambulance.
The identities of those involved have been withheld pending proper notification of their families.
Authorities have urged anyone with information about the incident to contact PSP Hamburg at (610) 562-6885, referencing the case number PA2023-1460304.