By Chris Mautner
Three people were injured in an accident that officials believe is connected to an unauthorized car rally at Pennsylvania mall, according to a story from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Citing a police report, the Inquirer said about 150 to 200 cars were in the parking lot of the Willow Grove Park Mall in Willow Grove around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, with some cars driving “recklessly ... revving engines, and skidding tires.”
When police arrived, many of the participants drove away, with many heading south on Route 611, using both north- and southbound lanes, the release said.
Not long after, police responded to a call about an accident near Old Welsh and Fitzwatertown roads, northwest of the mall.
According to the police report, the striking vehicle hit several parked and unattended cars and was believed to have been at the rally.
The driver and front-seat passenger had to be extricated from the car by emergency responders, while a backseat passenger was ejected from the vehicle. All three occupants were taken to Jefferson Abington Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
“Although this is still an ongoing investigation, speed is believed to be a contributing factor,” the release said. “Police will be working with our law enforcement partners to investigate this incident to identify those who organized and participated.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Abington Township Police Detective Robert Hill at 267-536-1101 or [email protected].
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