BIRDSBORO PA – A 72-year-old woman from Exeter PA, who was the driver and sole occupant of a Hyundai sports utility vehicle traveling east Thursday (Jan. 31, 2019) shortly after noon on U.S. Route 422 at Limekiln Road, was injured when she lost control of the vehicle and ultimately crashed into the side of a building.
The woman, who was not identified by name or street address, was trapped and “unresponsive inside the vehicle, and was rapidly extricated” by emergency first responders, the Amity Township Police Department said on its website. A Southern Berks ambulance transported her to Reading Hospital for treatment.
The building, which reportedly housed a tattoo shop, “had extensive structural damage,” police added, but several people reportedly inside the shop at the time were not harmed.
In their preliminary investigation, police said the woman lost control of the vehicle for an “unknown” reason. It “drove off the road, struck a utility pole, drove through a field, (crossed) both lanes of Monocacy Creek Road, struck a small embankment, became airborne, and (then landed) into the building,” they added.
A structural collapse unit of Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue was called in to “secure the building” before the vehicle could be pulled from it and towed away. Also assisting at the scene, police said, were volunteers from Amity Fire and Rescue, Monarch Fire Company, and Harners Auto Body.