4 Pottstown Men Die In Collision With Van The Van Driver Had To Be Hospitalized. Another Fatal Accident Occurred On That Route 23 Stretch In 1993.

Posted: July 29, 1995

Four Pottstown men were killed yesterday morning when the car in which they were riding collided with a van on Route 23, near its intersection with Route 100, in South Coventry Township, Chester County.

Killed were driver Rashaun Ahmad Whitehurst, 19; K-Ron Tyrone White, 19; Edmund Cornelia Hedgepeth, 18; and Robert Anthony Hedgepeth, 19. All were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The van's driver, Kenneth Buckwalter, 30, of Elverson, was seriously injured, authorities said, and was listed in stable condition last night at Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville. He was flown there by Skycare.

Police said Whitehurst, driving east in a 1985 Camaro at 8:45 a.m., tried to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone and collided with Buckwalter's van, which was heading west.

The accident shut down the busy highway for 3 1/2 hours as rescue workers and police cleared the scene.

The four dead men had to be pried from the car, authorities said. They were transported to Phoenixville Hospital by the Good Will Ambulance Company of

Pottstown.

Autopsies are to be performed today by the deputy Chester County coroner. Police said the cause of the accident was under investigation.

Two years ago, two women were killed and a third was seriously injured when a car struck them at the same spot on Route 23. The women had been out for a morning walk along the highway.

That accident helped persuade state highway officials to lower the speed limit from 55 to 35 m.p.h. along that stretch.

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