PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police are searching for a man who caused a chain-reaction crash that killed two people and left five others hurt in Bustleton. The accident happened near the intersection of Red Lion Road and Bustleton Avenue around 11:45 p.m. Saturday.
Police say the male driver of a Chevy Camero was traveling at a high speed in the southbound lanes of Bustleton Avenue when he struck a vehicle stopped at a red light.
The man then drove around the vehicle and through the intersection and struck a second vehicle, causing it to flip over and strike a third car that was stopped at a red light in the northbound lanes of Bustleton Avenue.
The vehicle in the northbound lane then struck a fourth vehicle which was stopped at a red light behind it. The fourth vehicle struck the vehicle behind it, also stopped at the red light.
Investigators say a total of six vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction crash.
“The original striking vehicle was traveling, from what we’re getting, southbound on Bustleton Avenue which caused a chain reaction auto accident, which there were two fatalities as well as at least five more injuries as a result of the of the auto accident,” Capt. Thomas Davidson said.
Witnesses say the driver of the Camero was picked up by someone driving a white Lexus GS and fled the scene.
Richardson says it appears speed played a role in the accident, but people who live and work nearby are not surprised.
“At 2 a.m., people speed all the time,” a local resident said.
Melissa Fresses says it’s especially nerve-wracking trying to cross what she describes as a “busy intersection.”
“Everyone’s trying to turn and cross at the same time, [the] bus stops here, [it’s] dangerous,” Fresses said.
An investigation is ongoing.