A Monday evening sideswipe collision on Route 70 in Manchester stems from an ill-timed passing maneuver, according to township police.


Walter W. Ferinden, 56, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, sustained minor injuries in the crash involving his 2014 Subaru Outback and a 2012 Peterbilt driven by Daniel Brennan, 49, of Manchester, authorities said, adding that both vehicles incurred driver's-side damage.

The 6:50 PM collision required closure of the highway near Pleasant Valley Road for about 90 minutes, police said.

Responding officers reported that the westbound Ferinden trailed a slower-moving vehicle, and crossed the center line in order to pass it, scraping the semi headed in the opposite direction.

Police said that Ferinden refused additional medical care, and that Brennan was not injured.

Manchester police said that the center line in the vicinity of the crash is a broken one, meaning that passing is permitted when it can be completed safely. Police did not indicate the estimated speeds of any of the vehicles..

Manchester PD Corporal Douglas Higgins and Patrolman Matthew Juralewicz head the investigation.

Manchester police on scene were assisted by Whiting volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians of Quality Medical Transport.


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