Westtown >> Traffic was snarled at evening rush hour Wednesday following a serious vehicle accident at the intersection of Routes 3 and 352 in Westtown.
Just after 3 p.m., a vehicle crashed into several parked cars in the parking lot of Ss. Simon and Jude School, resulting in an overturned vehicle which caught fire.
Police said the male driver, who suffered moderate injuries, was trapped under the vehicle, and police were able to push the vehicle over and off of the driver. He was treated at the scene by EMS and transported to Paoli Hospital.
An early investigation shows that the driver of the vehicle, a white Honda CR-V, was traveling at high speed, westbound on West Chester Pike and lost control. The vehicle struck the center median, crossed the eastbound lanes of West Chester Pike and then went airborne into the parking lot of Ss. Simon and Jude School.
The school was in session, but no students or staff were injured. The white Honda CR-V struck several parked and unoccupied vehicles. One parked vehicle was hit so hard by the white Honda that it traveled forward, striking the school building.
Angelo Golato, who works at Ss. Simon and Jude, was in his car returning from lunch when he saw the accident happen.
“It all happened so fast,” Golato said. “I was waiting at the light when I saw a sign fly in the air. Then I saw the car race across the lawn and into the parking lot.”
Golato said he and another man with a fire extinguisher ran over to the car which had crashed into other cars parked in the lot. The car was on its side on fire, he said. Golato ran inside to get another fire extinguisher, and as he got back other rescuers had pulled the man from the car. He and another man put the fire out with the extinguishers. One of the cars in the lot that was hit was pushed down a hill into the side of the school building.
Golato said the man, who appeared to be in his 30s, was moving after he was removed from the car.
Police had the path of the car’s travel, from the westbound lanes of Route 3 marked off as they investigated the accident.
“It’s lucky this didn’t happen an hour later, that’s where our car line goes,” Golato said.
The crash scene is being investigated by the Traffic Safety Unit and Criminal Investigation Division.
Traffic on West Chester Pike came to a standstill for quite some time late Wednesday afternoon as police and rescue crews worked to clear the wreckage.
Fran Maye contributed to this story.