A 10-year-old girl from Pipersville lost her life and three others were fighting for theirs Wednesday night after a car crash on the Rt. 611 Bypass in Doylestown.
The crash happened at 6:46 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the Bypass near the Broad Street exit, said Lt. Matt O'Connor, of the Doylestown Township Police.
The girl was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman who was driving the Honda CRV the girl was in was flown to Temple University Hospital, O'Connor said. She was believed to be in extremely critical condition late Wednesday, police said.
Police believe the 55-year-old woman, also of Pipersville, was the girl's grandmother but have not been able to confirm that yet, the lieutenant said.
Two people from the other car, a Ford Mustang, also were taken to hospital for treatment. The 32-year-old driver, a man, was airlifted to Abington Memorial Hospital, where he was in serious condition late Wednesday, O'Connor said. His female passenger also was taken to Abington and also was in serious condition.
The collision left the Mustang in the median between the southbound and northbound lanes on the north side of the Broad Street overpass, O'Connor said, and the Honda on the south side of the Broad Street overpass.
Dozens of emergency rescuers converged on the scene, working for about 45 minutes to extricate the victims. O'Connor said they had to cut into both cars to get the victims out.
The northbound lanes of the Bypass were shut down for hours as police investigated the scene. Traffic was routed off at the Broad Street exit.
O'Connor said police still are investigating what may have caused the crash.
"It's still under investigation, and we’re looking at a number of factors," O'Connor said.
Dozens of rescuers responded to the scene, including the Doylestown, Dublin, Plumsteadville and Warrington fire companies, and Doylestown Township and Doylestown Borough Police and Plumstead Police.
Many passersby who saw the aftermath of the crash expressed shock and sadness and sent their thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims through comments here and on our Facebook page.
Earlier story and updates below:
Update 9:10 p.m.:
The northbound lanes of the Rt. 611 Bypass are closed near Broad Street and are expected to remain closed for some time due to the accident, Doylestown Borough officials said.
Doylestown Township Police are handling the investigation on the scene of the crash.
Update 8:29 p.m.:
Police have confirmed two people were killed in the crash, according to emergency reports. Two others were airlifted with critical injuries.
Update 8:21 p.m.:
The victims flown from the crash reportedly have been taken to Temple University Hospital and to Abington Memorial Hospital, both of which have sophisticated trauma centers.
Update 8:08 p.m.:
Police have requested that PennDot bring up 'Road Closed' signs for the Rt. 611 Bypass, advising that they likely will be on the scene for hours.
The northbound lanes of the Bypass are expected to be closed for some time.
Update 8:02 p.m.:
Extrication is reportedly complete and one person is believed to have been killed at the scene. Two victims reportedly are being airlifted out of Doylestown Hospital with critical injuries.
Initial report: 7:32 p.m.
Emergency responders are on the scene of a scene of a car crash, reportedly near the Rt. 611 Bypass and Broad Street in Doylestown.
The crash happened shortly before 7 p.m., according to emergency reports.
Initial reports indicate that two people may have been killed in the crash and others injured, but that has not been officially confirmed at this time.
Drivers report that the northbound lanes of the Rt. 611 Bypass are closed as emergency responders work to remove the victims from the vehicles.
Medics have requested two Pennstar helicopters to fly the victims.
This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.