2 State Troopers seriously injured in Chester Co crash

February 8, 2013 1:21:44 PM PST
Two Pennsylvania State Troopers suffered serious injuries after their patrol car crashed into a tree in Chester County.

The crash happened at 5:30 a.m. Friday SR 0796, approximately a ¼ mile south of Kelton Road in Penn Township.

The troopers were travelling southbound on SR 0796, responding to a burglary in progress call, when the patrol vehicle failed to correctly navigate a curve and left the roadway ? hitting a large tree head-on.

The cruiser immediately caught fire upon impact ? fully engulfing the front portion of the vehicle. Both troopers were trapped inside the vehicle, having been rendered unconscious as a result of the crash.

Several other State Troopers, who were responding to the same burglary in progress call, came upon the crash scene and stopped to render aid. They retrieved buckets filled with water from neighboring homes and used fire extinguishers from their patrol vehicles to put out the flames.

When fire and rescue crews arrived on the scene, they managed to extricate the troopers from the cruiser by removing the roof of the vehicle.

The injured troopers were transported to Christiana Hospital in Delaware where they are both being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The names of the troopers are not being released at this time.