LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — Police say a man driving a dark blue SUV traveled the wrong way for at least a mile on Route 30 Tuesday morning, causing several crashes.
Manheim Township police did not identify the man but mentioned he is in his 70s and caused three separate crashes on the busy highway during rush hour. A total of 14 vehicles were involved in the crashes.
Police Chief Tom Rudzinski said the man entered Route 30 in East Lampeter Township and almost immediately caused two crashes as drivers tried to avoid his vehicle.
“We did have a call prior to it, reporting somebody driving the wrong way, and then within moments, the crashes started to occur,” Rudzinski said.
The biggest crash occurred near the New Holland Pike exit where police say the wrong-way driver collided with another driver head-on. Rudzinski said 11 cars were involved in that crash.
“It’s amazing he was able to drive such a long distance without having multiple crashes that were serious,” Rudzinski said. “Unfortunately, it did end in the manner that it did.”
He said the wrong-way driver and the driver he struck head-on were the only people taken to a hospital.
Police are still investigating why the man was driving the wrong way.