Saturday, March 4, 2023

Pottsville Man Cited for Causing Route 61 Crash

A Pottsville man has been cited for causing a crash on Route 61 in Pottsville on Thursday.

According to Pottsville Police, on Thursday, March 2nd, 2023, around 2:30pm, emergency personnel were dispatched to the intersection of Claude A. Lord Boulevard (Route 61) and East Arch Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries.

Police arrived on scene along with Pottsville Fire Department, and Schuylkill EMS. 

Officers conducted an investigation by speaking with at least 4 eyewitnesses and reviewing security camera footage in the area. After doing so, it was determined that a blue Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by Anthony Encarnacion, 57, from Pottsville, and occupied by a front seat passenger, a 56-year-old female from Pottsville, was initially in the southbound lane of Terry Reiley Way and sitting in traffic due to the travel lane being stopped by a steady red signal. 

Encarnacion exited the southbound lane to travel the wrong direction in the North bound lane of Terry Reiley Way and passing multiple vehicles.

Encarnacion then proceeded Eastbound into the intersection of Claude A. Lord Boulevard (Route 61) and East Arch Street while the intersection was still facing a steady red signal. Due to traveling through the steady red signal, Encarnacion’s vehicle struck a black Buick SUV that was being driven Northbound on Claude A. Lord Boulevard by a 44-year-old female from Mahanoy City, and occupied by 15-year-old female front seat passenger.

Both vehicles were severely damaged and towed from the scene. 

Both Encarnacion and his 56-year-old female passenger, had suspected injuries and were transported to Lehigh Valley East Norwegian Street by Schuylkill EMS for further medical treatment. 

No injuries were reported by the occupants of the other vehicle.

Pottsville Patrolman Delinko filed 4 traffic citations against Anthony Encarnacion for Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Driving on Right Side of Roadway, and Traffic Control Signals