Cumru Township Fatal Accident (November 8, 2017) During the evening rush hour, there was a fatal accident on Interstate 176, killing Douglas Looney, 59, from Newport, WA. Mr. Looney was visiting the area for work purposes on the Mariner East 2 pipeline project as a contractor for Sunoco. There were four vehicles and four injuries in the accident in addition to the death of Mr. Looney.
The Reading Eagle reports the sequence of the accident, which occurred just before 6pm, as a chain of events beginning when a car driven by Paul Chambers, 21 of Reading, rear-ended Mr. Looney’s pickup truck in the northbound lanes of I-176. This initial collision caused his pickup to spin and roll onto its roof, leaving the northbound traffic, and entering the southbound lanes where it was struck again by an SUV driven by Ricardo Mora-Garcia, 33 of Reading. The SUV was forced out of its lane after the collision with Looney’s pickup and was hit by an oncoming tractor trailer driven by Steven Mutz, 53, of Mohrsville. Following the accident, the highway was closed in both direction for nearly eight hours while investigators from the Cumru Township police and Berks County District Attorney’s office worked the accident scene.
Mr. Mora-Garcia, and two traveling with him in the SUV were taken to Reading Hospital, the extent of these injuries has not yet been disclosed. Mr. Chambers, the driver of the car that struck Mr. Looney’s pickup was also taken to the hospital; there is no information on his injuries. An autopsy of Mr. Looney is scheduled for Wednesday.
Police are continuing to investigate this fatal accident and are asking any witness of the crash to call Cumru police at 610-777-9595. Any witness wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913
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