Police said the crash happened on Greenwood Avenue, near Hedgerow Lane, about 1.30am on Sunday. The driver lost control and crashed into a mailbox and a telephone pole, trapping some of the victims in the car.
“As I came out, I heard a little girl in the car screaming ‘Help me, help me,'” said neighbor Tanya Green, who called 911 and spoke to a victim.
“Keep calm, they’re coming and we can’t touch you. She kept saying get me out of this car, get me out of this car,” she said.
One victim was sent to Pennsylvania Presbyterian Church. Three were taken to Abington Jefferson Hospital by ambulance and one was taken to Einstein Medical Center.
“When my kids get to that age, I just express to them, you know, how fragile life is, and you never know what’s going to happen,” said Joe Augustine, a neighbor who has lived in Greenwood for 22 years. He said it was not the first serious accident in front of his home.
“People come down a lot, the roads are wet and slippery, there’s black ice accidents, they’re out of control, they don’t have a lot of options, there’s no runoff, there’s front porches, mailboxes, fences,” he said.
As utility workers repair power poles and police investigate how the driver lost control, neighbors hope other drivers will change their habits on the road.
“Those cars fly by here every day. They really need to put a stop sign on this corner or something. Every day I worry about someone flying through my window,” Green said.
Investigators are looking at multiple angles, including whether speed, road or car conditions were a factor. Police are also investigating whether alcohol or other narcotics were involved.
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