At 11:31Monday Morning, December 26th the GFC received a dispatch for a vehicle into a utility pole, with wires down and unknown injuries. Engine 55 arrived on scene at 11:37 followed shortly thereafter by Bern Twp. Fire Police, and Western Berks Ambulance.
Upon arrival, Chief Brian Fisher found that a pick-up truck had veered off the right side of southbound Rt. 183 and sheared off a utility pole at the intersection of Egle Rd. The weight of the sheared pole then caused a second pole at the intersection of Martin Ave. and Rt. 183 to snap, bringing wires down across Rt. 183.
The section of Rt. 183 between Curtis Ave. and Martin Ave. was closed for about an hour while MetEd crews removed the downed wires from the roadway, and V&M Towing removed the pick-up truck. Chief Fisher positioned E55 across Rt. 183 in order to divert southbound traffic onto Curtis Ave. while Fire Police Capt. Terry Royce, using U-55, diverted northbound traffic onto Martin Ave. Normal traffic flow was able to resume shortly after 12:30.
There were 5 occupants in the truck: 2 adults, and 3 children. The children were in the back seat of the vehicle, and along with the driver, were uninjured. The front seat passenger complained of chest pains caused by the seatbelt and was transported by Western Berks Ambulance to St. Joseph/Penn State Medical Center for evaluation.
The Bern Township Police determined the accident was caused by the driver being distracted while engaging in conversation with the vehicle’s passengers.
Those responding for the GFC were:
Chief Brian Fisher
Fire Police Capt. Terry Royce
Fire Police Officer Dylan Heckman
Photographer Steve Spies