Bethel Township police said the weekend crash that killed a motorcycle rider from Montgomery County was part of a chain-reaction crash involving three other vehicles.
The crash happened about 2 p.m. Saturday on Lancaster Avenue, which is Route 501, and Fort Henry Road.
Police gave this account:
The initial collision occurred when a northbound SUV rear-ended a vehicle that was stopped behind an SUV whose driver was waiting for a group of southbound motorcycles to pass in order to turn onto Fort Henry Road.
The back of that SUV was pushed to the left, blocking the opposite lane. One of the motorcycle riders, Todd William Spencer, 57, Upper Merion Township, was unable to avoid the vehicle, colliding with it in the middle of the driver’s door.
Another motorcycle rider locked up his brakes and went over an embankment, barely missing a road sign. That rider escaped with only a bruised shin.
Berks County Deputy Coroner Melissa Spuhler pronounced Spencer dead at the scene at 3:24 p.m.
An autopsy was scheduled for Monday night in Reading Hospital, acting Coroner Jonn Hollenbach said.
Spencer was wearing a helmet.
The male driver of the SUV that was struck by the motorcycle was taken by ambulance to Reading Hospital for serious injuries. Information on his medical condition could not be obtained from the hospital.
Police withheld the names of the individuals involved, citing the ongoing investigation.
Source: Berkshire mont