Wrong-Way Driver Causes Chain Reaction Crash

By Danielle Johnson
|  Monday, Aug 12, 2013  |  Updated 5:45 AM EDT
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Two people are hurt and several cars mangled after a wrong way driver heads down South Street in Philadelphia. NBC 10's George Spencer has the story.

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Two people are hurt and several cars mangled after a wrong way driver heads down South Street in Philadelphia. NBC 10's George Spencer has the story.

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A wrong-way driver, whose accelerator may have been stuck, caused a chain-reaction crash on one of the busiest cross streets in Center City and sent two people to the hospital.

The domino effect accident happened shortly around 5:15 p.m. on the 2200 block of South Street.

Police tell NBC10's George Spencer that the driver went the wrong way on Grays Ferry Avenue then turned onto South Street and slammed into a car. That car apparently slammed into three other cars, narrowly missing pedestrians and gas lines.

Five vehicles in total were damaged including a Phoebe’s BBQ truck. Anastasio Botsaris, the owner of the truck, says it was a miracle that no one was seriously hurt.

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“Usually this is a high traffic area. I mean, for it to not have been heavily populated, was a miracle. They were like, if your truck wasn't here, parked, a family of four walking by…would've been hit,” said Botsaris.

Two people were hospitalized but investigators say their injuries don't appear to be life threatening.

The street was shut down right after the accident but was reopened around 7 p.m.

The driver did not appear to be impaired, police say. Charges seem unlikely.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

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