A two-vehicle crash on Stony Hill Road in Lower Makefield Township on Monday afternoon left several people injured, one critically.
The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. when a Mini Cooper and a BMW SUV collided. The SUV rolled over and came to rest against brush outside of the Makefield Crossing North business park.
Police Captain Jason Braim said there were five people inside the SUV, one of whom was ejected and several who were trapped. All of the patients were conscious when taken from the scene, Braim said.
Police, medics, and firefighters from several companies responded to aid those who were hurt. One person suffered serious enough injuries that a medical helicopter landed at neighboring Shady Brook Farm and was transported to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. The rest of the injured were taken by ambulances to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township.
Bucks County government declared the incident a Level 1 Mass Casualty Incident.
The cause of the crash was under investigation as of 3 p.m. Detectives were using a drone to get an overhead view.
Stony Hill Road was closed in the area of the crash. In addition to Lower Makefield Township police, Newtown Township, Middletown Township, and Upper Makefield Township police were at the scene, along with the Yardley-Makefield Emergency Unit, Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad, and Newtown Ambulance Squad. Additionally, the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company was assisted by several other fire companies.
The crash remains under investigation.
Learn About The Legal Implications:
Here are some of the legal implications of the car crash in Lower Makefield Township:
- Liability: The driver or drivers who caused the crash may be held liable for the injuries and damages suffered by the other drivers and passengers. This could result in lawsuits seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
- Insurance: The drivers’ insurance companies will likely be involved in the aftermath of the crash, providing coverage for medical expenses and other losses. In some cases, the insurance companies may also be involved in negotiating settlements or defending lawsuits.
- Criminal charges: If the crash was caused by reckless or intentional behavior, the driver or drivers involved could face criminal charges. These charges could include DUI, reckless driving, or vehicular assault.
- Civil penalties: In addition to criminal charges, the driver or drivers involved in the crash could also face civil penalties. These penalties could include fines, license suspension, or even jail time.
The legal implications of a car crash can be complex and far-reaching. If you have been injured in a car crash, it is important to speak with an experienced car accident attorney to discuss your legal options.