POTTSTOWN PA – Two juveniles who allegedly stole a car Wednesday morning (Oct. 9, 2019) in West Norriton PA, and two adult victims who occupied a second vehicle into which the youths crashed during a pursuit in Pottstown, all are hospitalized with what range from serious to severe injuries. The accident occurred at about 9:40 a.m. at the corner of North Keim and Beech streets in the borough.
The youths, due to their age (WFMZ-TV identified them as teens), are not being identified, the Pottstown Police Department said in a media release. Both were transported to Reading Hospital and were listed in critical condition. The victims, identified as Tristah Hall of Pottstown and Haneef Jones of Norristown, were transported by ambulance to Pottstown Hospital. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, police added.
Police officers had been alerted to the reported theft of a black Toyota Camry stolen in West Norriton, the release stated, and engaged in a pursuit – it was not referred to as a “chase” – of the vehicle when it was encountered. The department did not mention speeds reached by any of the pursuing or pursued vehicles.
“The pursuit ended when the stolen vehicle became involved in a collision with a second vehicle” at the North Keim and Beech intersection, according to the report. After smashing the second vehicle, a Ford Explorer that incurred heavy front-end damage, the Camry hit and appeared to wrap around a utility pole on North Keim south of the intersection.
Montgomery County dispatchers alerted the Pottstown Fire Department, Goodwill Ambulance, and other responding units. Both juveniles “were entrapped in the vehicle with severe injuries and had to be removed” by Pottstown Fire personnel, and then received emergency care from ambulance crews. They also tended to Hall and Jones.
Bright yellow police barrier tape appeared Wednesday in several areas of the accident scene as evidence-gathering continued. The incident remains under investigation.
In response to a Post inquiry, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz said he notified Pottsgrove School District officials, “just for their information,” about what the incident involved after it ended.
Social media posts during the day claimed some district buildings had been affected by the pursuit; that wasn’t the case in Lower Pottsgrove, Foltz responded. “There was no impact to any of the schools in Lower Pottsgrove Township,” he added. “There were no lockouts, no lockdown, and nothing crossed any school property.”
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