Friday, March 16, 2018

Schuylkill Haven Man Dies in Crash in Berks County Friday Morning

A Schuylkill Haven man died in a crash in Berks County Friday morning.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, on Friday morning around 6:20am, PSP Hamburg responded to a two vehicle crash with entrapment that occurred at the intersection of the exit 19 off ramp and SR183 in Berks County. 

Police say a 2014 Toyota Sienna mini-van, driven by an unidentified driven and a passenger, exited Interstate 78 W/B onto the off ramp at a high rate of speed.  A second vehicle, a 1995 Buick, driven by Keith Krammes, 56, of Schuylkill Haven was traveling south on Route 183.

The Minivan reportedly failed to negotiate a curve at the top of the ramp and collided into Krames driver side.

The operator of Mini-van was transported to Reading Hospital for treatment. 

A passenger in the mini-van was found outside of the vehicle and was detained upon PSP arrival.

Krammes was extricated by Fire/EMS and flown to LVH Cedar Crest where he was pronounced deceased from his injuries. 

Troop L FSU and CARS responded and processed the scene, Route 183 as closed during the investigation. 

The mini-van was towed and impounded at PSP Hamburg due to being reported stolen.  The owner of the mini-van was notified by Nashua, New Hampshire Police and she stated that her daughter had the vehicle in the Allentown area.  The daughter reported the mini-van stolen from the Comfort Inn in Upper Macungie Twp., Lehigh County.

The stolen mini-van was also reported to be involved in an incident a half hour earlier.

Around 5:50am, PSP Hamburg responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 78 westbound at MM 24.1.

An investigation revealed that a 2003 Ford Focus had crashed into the center median barrier while traveling at a high rate of speed and became disabled.

EMS was called and upon arrival they observed two males off-loading contents out of the Focus into a silver mini-van.  After loading all contents into the van, they fled west on I 78 at a high rate of speed. 

Upon arrival of PSP, a registration query indicated that the mini-van was reported stolen out of PSP Bethlehem.

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