[UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.] The Philadelphia Police Department has issued the following statement about the accident:
On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at approximately 10:00 AM, unit # 1 (2011 Toyota Camry) traveling westbound on Walnut Street was crossing 30th Street when it hit unit #2 (2005 Mercury Montego) broadside. Unit #2 was traveling southbound on 30th Street at a high rate of speed and had entered into the intersection; unit #2 then continued up over the curb hitting a light standard, a pedestrian (unit #3) and a retaining wall before coming to a stop. The pedestrian after being hit did get thrown over the edge of the roadway falling approximately 38’ to the roadway below (Walnut Street / lower level). The pedestrian (27 year old male) and the operators of unit #1 (69 year old male) and unit #2 (43 year old male) were transported by Medic #1 and Medic #13 to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The operator of unit #2 and the pedestrian are listed in extremely critical condition with body trauma injuries. The operator of unit #1 is listed in stable condition with complaint of pain.
Person injured in 30th St accident was pedestrian who held onto lightpole during crash. Both fell onto street below pic.twitter.com/1l0FKUjfrt
— jeff kolakowski (@jdkolakowski) May 6, 2014
[ORIGINAL: 12:31 p.m.] A pedestrian fell 30 feet after a car crash knocked him off the overpass in University City Tuesday morning, CBS Philadelphia reports. Two sedans collided and hit a 20-year-old man at 30th and Walnut streets. Walnut is elevated at that intersection; it’s next to Penn Park.
CBS 3 says two were sent to the hospital. NBC 10 reports the pedestrian clung to a light pole to avoid the accident but was tossed to the ground below when the cars hit the pole. The driver of one of the sedans caused the crash by running a red light, NBC says.