A dump truck owned by PKB Contractors, Inc., of Levittown struck a parked vehicle on North Main Street in New Hope, narrowly missing the car’s driver, at around 10:40 a.m. Monday morning, according to a witness at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle, which was parked on the west side of North Main Street near Fishers Alley, apparently opened her car door as the southbound dump truck approached. A nearby shop owner who asked not be identified said the truck appeared to be traveling “too fast” in his opinion, and also indicated that the driver of the car appeared shaken, but uninjured.
While the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour on Main Street, New Hope’s narrow Colonial-era roads make it nearly impossible for two large vehicles to pass one another safely in many places.
It it is not known yet whether this particular truck was laden with stone from the New Hope Crushed Stone & Lime Quarry just a few miles up the road, but quarry trucks are a common site on New Hope streets. They are frequently observed traveling at a high rate of speed, and often seen ignoring a traffic signal at Main and Bridge streets.
It is not yet known whether the driver of the dump truck merely had unfortunate timing, or was cited by police as as result of the accident. We’ll update this story as we receive additional information from law enforcement.