A couple of days ago, on June 16th a woman was killed on Route 202 near Boot Road.:
An overnight crash involving a box truck and a car has left a 25-year-old woman dead and closed the southbound lanes of Route 202 near the 30 Bypass in Chester County for nine hours today, reopening only after the morning rush hour ended.
The crash occurred about 1 a.m. on the highway near Boot Road in West Whiteland Township.
By Karen Araiza NBC10
| Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 | Updated 9:34 PM EDT
A pregnant woman is the victim in Tuesday’s hit-and-run accident on Route 202 in West Goshen Township, Chester County, Pa.
The accident happened at noon on the Northbound side of the highway near Boot Road.
The victim’s SUV rolled over after hitting a guide rail and she had to be extricated from her car. She was taken to Paoli Hospital. Police told NBC10 the woman is 7-months pregnant.
I first saw this accident news on the Daily Local’s website and felt nauseous when I read:
Police said emergency crews arrived at the scene to find the pregnant driver of a 2004 Honda CR-V trapped in her vehicle, which had rolled following a collision with a guard rail.
Members of the Goshen Fire Company cut the roof off the vehicle to free the driver…Police said witnesses saw a white SUV entering the CR-V’s lane just prior to the crash, causing the driver to swerve suddenly to avoid a collision. The driver of the white SUV briefly pulled off the shoulder after the CR-V crashed, but then left the scene.
Police did not provide the name of the victim.
The Westtown-East Goshen Police Department is attempting to locate the driver of the white SUV, who can contact police at 610-692-5100. Any witnesses who saw the accident are also asked to contact police.
A pregnant woman could have lost her baby today.
I don’t like Route 202. I don’t like how games are played with highway repairs on Route 202. I don’t like the GIANT digital billboard along 202 in Westtown.
But what I don’t like even more are the stretches of 202 that are constant and chronic accident zones. And the one I hate the most is the cattle chute that runs by Boot Road.
There are too many accidents.
Since I became a Chester County resident, I feel like all I hear about are accidents on this stretch of Route 202. In fair weather and foul. During the day and at night.
So why are there all these accidents? Is it just there are THAT many awful drivers? Or should the design and design flaws of a PennDOT responsible road be considered?
One of the things I love about PennDOT is if you have ever driven up to Harrisburg, you should check out their glowing edifices to themselves. PennDOT seems to spare no expense for their offices and buildings up around the state capital. Yet, they never seem to make many of our roads quite as safe as they should be.
I think this stretch of Route 202 is one of those stretches of road, PennDOT needs to look at. Our highway system is multifaceted and multi-flawed. Many roads have outlived their original engineering design because there are just that many more cars on the road – the best example around here for that would be Schyulkill Expressway.
It’s time to make PennDOT look at this section of road. There are just too many accidents in this one particular stretch.
And please, if you were on 202 today and saw this accident and have any information on the driver who hit and ran, please call the police. That mama to be and her baby deserve better than they got today. Who is the State Senator around here? Is it Andrew Dinniman?
Thanks for stopping by.