Berks Co.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Names of some of the drivers in a seven-vehicle crash on I-78 Monday afternoon that killed three have been released by Reading state police.

Surviving drivers are: Vincente Espinvera, 56, of Belleville, N.J.; Frank Burns, 37, of Gettysburg; Austin Knerr, 33, of Catasauqua, Pa.; Richard Hamilton, 61, of Amagansett, N.Y.; and John Hudock, 64, of Pottsville.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Berks County man was killed Saturday morning in a head-on collision on State Route 422 in Plumcreek Township, Armstrong County.


Armstrong County deputy coroner Brian K. Myers identified the victim as Tyler James Kulp, 27, of Laureldale. The cause of death was blunt force trauma.


Monday, April 21, 2014

A Minersville man died in a motorcycle accident Monday in Berks County, and his passenger is in serious condition, state police at Reading reported Tuesday.

Daniel Joseph Leffew, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 11:56 p.m. in the 7300 block of Bernville Road in Jefferson Township, police said.

The passenger, Tracy Carter, 31, also of Minersville, was taken to Reading Hospital, and police said she was in serious condition.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nearly two dozen students are being checked out at local hospitals after a school bus crash in eastern Pennsylvania.

The accident was reported shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday on Route 222 in Richmond Township, near Kutztown.

Fleetwood police said the bus was transporting students back to Reading-Muhlenberg Vocational-Technical School after a field trip at the Crayola museum in Easton.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The family of a Berks County man is offering a reward for information on the hit-and-run accident that left him seriously injured.

21-year-old Mark Stitzer said the motorcycle crash left him in a back brace and destroyed his motorcycle.

It happened March 22nd on 9th Street in Reading.

Stitzer says the driver of a dark blue, four-door sedan in the left lane cut him off and his motorcycle started to skid.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday on an elderly pedestrian struck and killed by a snowplow in Pennsylvania.

Emergency crews were called to a street in Reading shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The 71-year-old victim, later identified as Gilbert Birdsey, was rushed to Reading hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

Police and the forensic unit of the Berks County district attorney’s office are investigating.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

A portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is shut down in snowy eastern Pennsylvania after a pileup involving what appears to be a couple dozen vehicles.

Turnpike officials say all lanes westbound were shut down because of the accident between the Morgantown and Reading exits in Berks County.

There was no immediate word on injuries in the crash.

Also, an accident has shut down Interstate 78 eastbound in Berks County between mileposts 35 and 40 in Lenhartsville.

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