UPDATE: 2 Killed, 3 Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash Friday in Lititz; Investigation of Cause Ongoing
An investigation is ongoing regarding a multi-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Lititz.
Two Warwick High School students were killed and three other people, including another student, were injured.
The crash happened about 3:15 p.m. in the 200 block of West Orange Street – not far from Warwick High School.
Information contained in this release is preliminary, and the ongoing investigation involves Lititz Borough police, Northern Lancaster County Regional police, Lancaster County Crash Reconstruction Team, and the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.
Five people, including the students, were transported to an area hospital with varying degrees of injuries. Both students died at the hospital.
Several other people were treated at the scene of the crash.
Warwick School District administrators issued this statement:
The Warwick School District is saddened to announce the death of a second student, Meghan Keeney, who was one of the victims of the accident that occurred on Friday.
We continue to mourn the loss of a junior, Jack Nicholson, who passed on Friday. Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of these students.
Counseling will be provided for students and families on Monday beginning at 8 a.m.
We are grateful for the overwhelming support from the Warwick community and beyond.
In this difficult time, we continued to request privacy for our families, students, and staff.
Following is a continuation of the crash narrative:
There were eight vehicles involved in the crash, including a black Hyundai driven by a 63-year-old Lancaster County woman.
The woman caused the impacts by striking vehicles while traveling east on Orange Street. After striking a black Chevy containing the students, the Hyundai became airborne and came to rest on its roof.
A few minutes before the crash and about two miles west on Route 772 (which becomes Orange Street in Lititz), police responded to 911 dispatches for a reckless driver – the woman in the Hyundai, who was the lone occupant. There were multiple reports of the reckless driving which prompted the police dispatch.
The vehicle was traveling very slowly, which prompted a Northern Lancaster County Regional police officer to activate lights and sirens in attempts to pull over the Hyundai.
The Hyundai accelerated east on Route 772. The officer, at directive of his patrol supervisor, immediately ceased attempts to stop the vehicle.
The Hyundai struck a school bus on Route 772 in Warwick Township before traveling into Lititz. The school bus contained students and a driver; no one was injured.
Police continue to investigate why the woman was driving recklessly and did not stop for police.
Anyone with information about the crashes is asked to contact Northern Lancaster County Regional police (717-733-0965), Lititz Borough police (717-626-6393). Tips can also be submitted via this CrimeWatch page or via direct message on social-media platforms.