A driver died Saturday afternoon while competing in the annual Duryea Hillclimb in Reading.
Rich Rock, the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association president and Duryea Hillclimb event chairman, confirmed that a driver hit a tree and was pronounced dead at the scene during the first day of the scheduled two-day event. The accident occurred during single-car time trials on the Skyline Drive portion of the 2.25-mile course.
Rock would not disclose the identity of the driver, pending notification of the family.
Sunday’s final day of competition has been canceled, Rock confirmed.
“We decided that it was in everybody’s best interest to not have an event tomorrow,” Rock said. “We consulted with our club’s national office, all the way up to the president of the Sports Car Club of America, and we consulted with some top city and community leaders (and) top city officials.”
Hillclimbs have been held on Duryea Drive in Reading annually since 1951. No events were held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Berkshire mont