BALLY PA – An investigation by Reading-based Pennsylvania State Police is continuing into a four-vehicle accident that occurred Saturday (July 15, 2017) at about 2:45 p.m. near the corner of Route 100 and Church Street in the usually quiet Berks County community of Bally, according to several reports. One man later died, two other people sustained injuries, and Route 100 was closed for about six hours.
The accident affected such a large road network that volunteer police units from more than 30 fire companies, including those in western Montgomery County, were called to the scene to “assist with closures and traffic flow,” members of the Linfield Fire Company reported.
Christopher Garber, 57, of Doylestown PA, died at Lehigh Valley Hospital after being transported there with injuries he sustained while driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle when the crash occurred. Garber had been wearing a helmet, troopers told The Reading Eagle newspaper. No official cause of death has been determined; an autopsy is expected to be conducted today (Monday, July 17) by the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office.
The two other injured people, identified by troopers as Lori A. Meitzler, 53, of Alburtis, and Dean A. Royer, 54, of Breinigsville, also were transported by ambulance to area hospitals, troopers said.
The impact of the crash was so severe that it sent one of three other vehicles involved – a Ford Explorer, a Ford Escape, and a Toyota Prius, according to PennLive – flying into the porch of a nearby residence (at top). The porch collapsed, an Eastern Berks Fire Department representative said. WFMZ-TV indicated the home’s owners were out at the time, and were notified of the accident by a neighbor.
Bally lacks its own police force, The Mercury newspaper said, and relies on state police for law enforcement and accident investigation. No charges had been filed as of Sunday, troopers said.