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Injuries Suffered by Child, Senior in Plymouth Crash

A 75-year-old driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel, according to police.

Injuries Suffered by Child, Senior in Plymouth Crash

 

A 6-year-old boy and a 75-year-old man were treated for injuries after a two-vehicle crash on the 2000 block of Butler Pike on Friday evening around 6:30 p.m. in which the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel, Plymouth Township Police said.

Robert G. Bitting, 75, of Mayflower Road in Plymouth Meeting, was driving north on Butler Pike when his Lincoln Continental traveled into the southbound lane and struck a BMW 540 driven by Floyd Rhodes, 55, of Carriage Court in Plymouth Meeting, according to police.

After the collision, Bitting’s vehicle went on to travel 197 feet post-impact and struck a tree facing north on Butler Pike, and Rhodes’s BMW landed sideways in the middle of Butler Pike, according to police.

A six-year-old passenger in Bitting’s vehicle, his grandson, explained that his grandfather’s head was “facing up towards the ceiling of the vehicle prior to the accident,” and it looked as though he was sleeping, the boy told police.

Plymouth Ambulance transported both Bitting and his passenger to Mercy Suburban Hospital. Bitting was then admitted to Temple Hospital with numerous broken bones to the shoulder, wrist and rib areas.

Rhodes and his son, who was sitting in the passenger seat, were uninjured during the crash.

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