Memorial Square: Early morning crash heavily damages fountain

An early morning crash today heavily damaged Chambersburg’s historic Memorial Fountain and sent the driver to an area hospital.

Chambersburg Police Department has released a dramatic video taken by downtown surveillance cameras showing the car airborne after it hit the barrier on the east side of the fountain.

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The crash: How it happened

The crash happened at 2:50 a.m. when a westbound vehicle sped down Lincoln Way, past the town’s historic Franklin County Courthouse. It hit the barrier on the east side of the fountain and immediately went airborne. The vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run crash near the Lincoln Way East Days Inn a short time earlier.

Pennsylvania State Police received a report of that crash just prior to the Memorial Square crash. PSP and CPD were attempting to locate the vehicle when the Memorial Square crash happened. PSP has not released information about the first crash as of noon today.

Chambersburg police arrived at the Memorial Square crash quickly and began an investigation.

Chambersburg ambulance took the driver to Meritus Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.  Emergency Management Chief Dustin Ulrich said the driver was not trapped in the vehicle; but because of the car’s position in the fountain, it took about 10 minutes to get the individual out. 

First responders from Chambersburg Fire and EMS were on the scene; as well as Chambersburg Fire Police, for slightly over an hour, he said. Initial dispatch was at 2:51 a.m. and all crews cleared at 4:07 a.m.  

As a result of the initial early morning crash investigation at the scene, police are looking at the possibility that it is DUI related.

The DUI investigation is pending with Chambersburg police.  PSP is investigating the hit and run.  

NewsTalk 103.7 was on the scene and posted a video on their website showing police and first responders surrounding the fountain.

Photos shared on Downtown Chambersburg Inc’s Facebook page this morning showed a heavily damaged fountain.

Photos courtesy Downtown Chambersburg Inc