Wynnewood, Lower Merion Township, PA  — A van traveling on East Wynnewood Road behind the St Charles Seminary lost control, hit a pole and flipped over early this afternoon. At a little after 4 PM today, the 911 call center was deluged with calls reporting as many as four people that were trapped in the wreckage.


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The 911 center dispatched Lower Merion Police, Narberth Ambulance, Narberth Fire Company, and Rescue Units from Penn Wynne and Belmont Hills  Fire Company.

Police were the first to arrive on the scene finding the victims inside the van that was laying on its side blocking E. Wynnewood Road near Highland Avenue.  The van appeared to be the only vehicle involved in the accident. After the van struck the pole it and its passengers laid at about a 45-degree angle in the highway.  

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The police and medics removed the victims from the vehicle before most of the fire equipment arrived.  Narberth’s Engine 26 was the first fire unit to arrive on the scene, and after assessing the situation, they notified the other equipment that everyone had gotten out of the stricken vehicle

Medics from Narberth Ambulance were on the scene, and they treated two occupants of the vehicle.  Both were taken to Lankenau Medical Center.

While the medics were taking the injured to Lankenau, the police were busy helping cars and buses stuck behind the scene.  At least one school bus had to be backed out of the area to get to a side road.

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According to an officer on the scene, an early working theory about the accident is that the van while traveling west towards Bowman Avenue, left the road and made contact with the electric pole causing the van to flip onto its side.  


The vehicle was winched onto a flatbed truck and towed to the police impound lot by

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It is unconfirmed that police were questioning the driver and that he or she may have been driving on a suspended license from a DUI.

We will be following this developing story.

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