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Police: Brake failure led to crash that caused power outage in downtown Lititz

South Broad Street will be closed from East Main Street to West Orange Street for "a significant amount of time," according to Lititz Police.
Credit: Lititz Borough Police

Update, 10:45 a.m. (Friday): Crash investigators determined that brake failure caused a two-vehicle crash that closed two major streets and caused a power failure in downtown Lititz Wednesday morning, Lititz Police said Friday.

The incident occurred around 8:20 a.m. at the intersection of South Broad Street (Route 501) and Juniper Lane, police said. A box truck driven by Timothy Wright, 38, of Columbia, struck a passenger sedan that was standing along the curb at the intersection. 

After impact, the box truck continued moving forward until it struck a tree and a utility pole nearby, police said. As a result of this second impact, a transformer mounted on the utility pole fell onto the cab of the box truck, causing the power outage, according to police.

Wright was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the sedan was uninjured, police say.

An investigation determined the box truck's brake system failed, leading to the initial impact with the sedan. 

Because the prime contributing factor of the crash was determined to be a vehicle failure, no traffic citations have been filed, according to police.


A vehicle crash in downtown Lititz Wednesday morning has caused a power outage and will impact traffic for "a significant amount of time," according to police.

The crash occurred this morning on South Broad Street at Juniper Lane, police say. It involved a box truck and a passenger sedan.

Police, fire crews, and EMS remain on the scene.

As a result, South Broad Street is closed from East Main Street to West Orange Street, according to police.

Police said they will release more information as it becomes available, but advise motorists to avoid the area until the scene is clear.

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