Acts of charity go on despite convoy crash

| Monday, May 02, 2011

It was and will continue to be a convoy to raise money and awareness for Make-A-Wish Foundation despite the fact that four trucks were involved in a crash that resulted in serious injuries to five people on Sunday, May 1.

Organizers and police say the investigation is ongoing as to why one of the trucks in the 10th annual Convoy for Wishes in Gettysburg, PA, ran into the back of another, resulting in a crash that involved four trucks.

Approximately 150 trucks were participating in this year’s event and raised about $51,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

According to a detailed report by the Gettysburg Times, the convoy was traveling at about 45 mph on Route 15 when a box van was hit from behind by a step van. The impact caused the box van to hit the truck ahead of it, and a fourth truck was hit in the chain reaction.

Police reported serious injuries to five people, including one or two persons who were ejected from a vehicle. One of those persons was pinned underneath the vehicle and had to be rescued by first responders. As of Monday afternoon, those injuries were still deemed serious.

OOIDA Life Member Bob Dinsmore was a participant in the convoy. He said he heard about the crash but was not a witness to it.

Police are investigating the cause.

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation extends its sincere best wishes to those individuals who were hurt in yesterday’s convoy and to their families,” Make-A-Wish spokeswoman Ann Waltman stated via email.

“Although no wish children or wish families were injured, our hearts go out to those that were and we are hopeful for a rapid and complete recovery for everyone involved. We are also deeply appreciative of the emergency personnel on site for their swift and professional response.”

A spokeswoman for the nearby Lancaster, PA, chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation says their annual Mother’s Day convoy scheduled for Sunday, May 8, is still happening. That convoy typically draws 350 to 450 trucks.