Deadly van crash closes Route 309 this morning

Posted: July 02, 2007

A van crash that killed a person and prompted the use of four medical helicopters shut down Route 309 in Lower Gwynedd Township this morning.

All lanes have reopened. The northbound lanes were closed for more than five hours. Southbound lanes reopened around 6:30 after being closed for more than an hour.

Nineteen survivors were given medical treatment, according to a Montgomery County dispatcher. Two people were trapped in the wrecked van, she said.

Some passengers were ejected, according to TV and radio reports.

Most of the victims were taken to Abington Hospital, while others were taken to North Penn, Hahnemann and Einstein hospitals, the dispatcher said.

The crash happened shortly after 5:00 a.m. and apparently involved only a single van, she said.

It happened on the northbound side between Springhouse and Welsh Road (Route 63), according to

The van apparently belongs to an evangelical church, according to WPSG-TV (Ch. 57).

As an alternate, suggests taking the Springhouse exit, and taking westbound Norristown Road to northbound Bethlehem Pike.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or

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