May 04, 2013

Two men are dead as a result of a head-on collision Friday morning on the Blue Route when one car travelling the wrong way struck another.

50 year-old Kent Michael Gans from Philadelphia was driving a gold-colored Oldsmobile Royale in the wrong direction of the northbound lanes of Interstate 475 known as the Blue Route near mile marker 8 at around 3:42 pm Friday according to Pennsylvania State Police report filed by Trooper James Sparenga.

A green Chevrolet Venture minivan, driven in the left-hand lane by Paul R. Wallendorf 62 years-old from Delaware City, Delaware was struck by the Oldsmobile causing a head-on collision. The crash brought both cars to a stop in the highway according to report.

After the initial impact, a Mack tractor-trailer truck and a Volvo tractor-trailer both travelling northbound struck the stationary vehicles after trying to swerve away. Emergency medical services that responded on the scene pronounced both drivers dead at the scene shortly after the crash at around 3:45 pm.

The Mack truck was driven by a man from Ephrata while a man from Sicklerville NJ was driving the Volvo truck. Neither was injured in the crash.

According to reports Wallendorf worked as an independent contractor for Quick Courier Services Inc, in Plymouth. An employee of the company said that that Wallendorf  has been a contractor of the company for twenty and was most likely on his way to work when the accident occurred.

“He was a terrific gentleman who did the job to the highest standards,” the statement given to NBC10 said. “He was reliable, dependable and his customers liked him.”

Police are still trying to figure out why Gans was driving on the wrong way on the high way and the crash is under investigation. Police spokesperson also said that officials had difficulties contacting Gans’ family to notify him of his death.

The highway was closed for around 3 hours as emergency response teams, police and rescue workers worked to clear the road from the mangled wrecks of the vehicles left on the roadway. Some traffic in the northbound lane was turned around and directed to exit at Route 1 in Springfield. All north bound lanes remained close until 7 am when some traffic was allowed to pass through the accident scene.

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