A Gilbertsville man was killed in a fiery crash Tuesday morning, after his vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a pickup truck along Route 100 in Washington Township, Berks County.
According to a report in the Reading Eagle, Devon T. Rosenberger, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene, after the initial collision caused his vehicle to burst into flames while he was still trapped inside. The report states that first responders were unable to free Rosenberger from the vehicle, but officials later stated they believed he was killed during the head-on impact.
The accident occurred around 6 a.m. on Route 100, between East Chestnut Street and Stauffer Road in Washington Township, according to the Morning Call. Rosenberger was reportedly driving a Subaru Legacy southbound when his vehicle crossed over into the northbound lane and collided head-on with a Chevy Silverado driven by 40-year-old Keith Baker, of Pottstown.
Following the initial impact, Rosenberger's vehicle burst into flames while he was still inside, causing rescue crews to have to battle flames prior to the extrication. A report from the Pottstown Mercury states that a state police trooper said it appeared Rosenberger died from the impact, and not the fire.
Baker sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash, and was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment, according to the Tri-County Record.
The accident forced a four-hour closure of Route 100 between Mill Street and Limekiln Road, as crews worked to remove the wreckage while police continued their investigation into the crash. The roadway was re-opened shortly after 10 a.m., according to WFMZ.
The Pennsylvania State Police are requesting that anyone with information about the accident contact the Reading barracks at 610-378-4011.
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