Hamburg area police reports for the week of April 14

Two vehicle crash in Jefferson Twp.

Pennsylvania State Police report that a two vehicle accident occurred on Bernville Rd. (Route 183) at its intersection with Summer Mountain Rd. in Jefferson Twp. on April 20 at 12:09 p.m. A 1985 Ford F150 was traveling north on route 183 and a 2007 Mazda was traveling south on Route 183. The driver of the Ford attempted to make a left turn onto Summer Mountain Road without yielding to oncoming traffic causing the Mazda to hit the right rear end of the Ford as it turned. There were no injuries. Both vehicles sustained moderate, but operable damage. The Mazda was towed at the discretion of the owner.

Harassment in Penn Twp.

Pennsylvania State Police report that a 16-year-old and a 26-year-old engaged in a physical confrontation on David Bridge Rd. in Penn Twp. on April 20 at approx. 2:36 p.m. Both were charged with Harassment and charges were filed for both in District Court.

Theft in Jefferson Twp.

Pennsylvania State Police report that an incident occurred in the 200 block of Oak Lane in Jefferson Twp. on April 19 between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 10:57 a.m. This incident occurred as unknown person(s) removed a street and stop sign at a busy intersection. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact Trooper Armistead at Pennsylvania State Police Reading Station at 610-378-4011.


Terroristic Threats and Simple Assault in Centre Twp.

Pennsylvania State Police report that troopers from the Hamburg station responded to a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of River Road in Centre Twp. on April 16 at 6:42 p.m. A 25-year-old from Mohrsville was arrested for Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault and Harassment. The accused was taken to Central Processing.

Hit and Run in Centerport

Pennsylvania State Police report that a hit and run occurred in the front of a residence in the 2000 block Main Street in Centerport on April 16 at 5 p.m. Prior to the crash an unknown vehicle was traveling west on Main Street in the right lane. A 2006 Chevrolet was legally parked and unattended along the north shoulder of the westbound lane. For an unknown reason, the driver of the unknown vehicle allowed the vehicle to leave the westbound lane of travel and sideswipe the Chevrolet’s entire passenger side. After the crash, the unknown driver fled the scene without notifying the owner of the Chevrolet, which was able to be driven from the scene with minor damage.

School Bus Crash on Route 222 Southbound

Fleetwood Borough Police report that a school bus crash happened on Route 222 Southbound at the Kutztown Rd. on ramp on April 16 at 1:55 p.m. Russell Kaufman, 54, of Owings Mills, MD, was traveling southbound on the Route 222 By-Pass when he slowed to allow traffic to merge onto Route 222 from the Kutztown RD. on ramp. William Stevens, Jr., 56, of Bernville, was operating a school bus, owned and operated by Eshelman Transportation of Mohnton, and was unable to avoid striking the rear of the slowing vehicle. Both vehicles moved onto the shoulder. The car was occupied by Kaufman, his wife and adult daughter both of which were transported to an area hospital for medical evaluation. The bus was occupied by 23 students and 3 adult passengers in addition to Stevens. All of the bus passengers with exception of the driver were transported to area hospitals for treatment and evaluation as a precaution. No major injuries were identified at the scene.

The bus was carrying Vo-Tech students from the Muhlenberg and Reading School Districts and was returning from a field trip to the Crayola Factory in Easton. The Fleetwood Police Department, Virginville Fire Department, Fleetwood Fire Police and multiple ambulance companies from across the county responded to assist with patient evaluation. Patients were transported to several area hospitals including Reading Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Lehigh Valley Hospital. Kaufman drove his vehicle from the scene and the bus was driven from the scene by maintenance personnel of the transportation company after some brief maintenance was performed.

EMS personnel established a Medical Command and very safely and efficiently ensured all potential injuries were triaged and transported safely. Southbound Route 222 was limited to a single lane in the area of Kempsville Rd. for approx. 50 minutes.

Charges for applicable traffic offenses are pending completion of the investigation and evaluation of witness statements.