Officials have reported that both drivers involved in a violent crash on Route 23 near the Interstate 176 interchange Wednesday morning came away from the scene without any serious injuries.
The crash, which occurred just before 11 a.m., left a car flattened and forced a box truck carrying produce down an embankment.
Caernarvon Police Chief Paul Stolz said the accident appears to have occurred as the driver of the car was attempting to make a left turn onto Route 23 from Morview Boulevard, and the driver of the truck was traveling east on 23. The accident is still under investigation.
“They’re both very lucky, with the extent of the damage , to be coming away from this,” Stolz said.
The driver of the truck was reportedly released from the hospital within hours, officials said. As of Thursday, the other driver was still in the hospital with “moderate” injuries, but both individuals were expected to make full recoveries.
Although a medical helicopter was on scene to transport the victims, they were instead taken to the hospital by ambulance.
The investigation, led by Officer Matthew Menna, is ongoing. Assisting in the investigation are officers Chad Eberly and Joseph Logic, who is certified in accident reconstruction. Twin Valley Fire Department and Elverson EMS were among the emergency services that responded.
“That’s a dangerous intersection, and it’s state law that you have to yield to traffic when making a left turn,” Stolz said. He added that the traffic light at the I-176 ramps might be a safer option for motorists intending to travel west on 23 or south on Route 10 from BB’s Grocery Outlet. There are signs on Morview Boulevard as drivers exit the parking lot directing traffic to that light.