Car ends up in Union Twp. creek, driver flees scene

Photo from video by Frank Otto A car crashed into a Union Township creek on Thursday afternoon, June 12, 2014. The driver fled the scene.

State police are investigating how a Chrysler ended up in a small creek in the township.

Around 2:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon, June 12, the Birdsboro-Union Fire Department was dispatched to the 100 block of Sycamore Road for the report of a car into a creek.

The driver of the Chrysler Cirrus left the scene before fire crews arrived, Assistant Chief Jeff Rhoads said.

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Track marks wet grass on the side of the road appeared to show that the vehicle was traveling west on Sycamore Road when it left the roadway approximately 15 yards from where it ended up, nose down, in the creek.

It is believed that the driver of the vehicle is a 21-year-old man who claimed to have lost consciousness somehow before his vehicle went off the road.

State Police from Reading arrived around 3:30 p.m. to investigate.

Damage appeared minimal to the vehicle. The airbags did not appear to have fired.

No fluids were leaking from the car, fire officials said, so there was no environmental danger to the creek.

Through the Cirrus’ window, the vehicle’s emergency brake appeared to be deployed.

What charges, if any, the driver will face for the crash and leaving the scene are not immediately clear.