Two vehicle crash

On 12/15/18 at 1431 hrs., the North Coventry Twp. Police Dept. responded to Route 422 west and MM 173.4 on the report of a two vehicle crash.  Upon police arrival both vehicles were off to the north side of the highway.  One operator advised of head and neck pain and Goodwill Ambulance was requested to respond.  Norco Fire Rescue and Norco Fire Police were also requested to respond and assist with traffic control.

Police investigation revealed that both units were traveling west on Route 422 in the right lane.  Unit #2, operated by Gary Buffardi, of Eagleville, was in front of unit #1, operated by John J. Lawrence, of Gilbertsville.  In the area of Route 422 west and MM 173.4 Opr. #1 was distracted for unknown reasons and traveling a high rate of speed.  Opr. #1 failed to observe the approach of traffic in front of him.  Opr. #1 attempted to slow unit #1, leaving a locked skid mark of 197 feet.   Unit #1 then struck unit #2 from behind.  Unit #1 sustained functional front end damage and was driven from the scene.  Unit #2 sustained disabling rear end damage and was towed from the scene.  Opr. #2 advised of head and neck pain and was transported to the Pottstown Hospital by Goodwill Ambulance for treatment.  No other injuries were reported at the time of the crash.  Opr. #1 was cited for PMVC 3714(a) careless driving.      

Incident Date: 
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 4:31pm

Incident Type:

Case Number: 

20181215M6373

Location: 

Route 422 east
MM 173.2
Pottstown, PA 19465