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January 07, 2016

Police: Wrong-way crash temporarily closes Roosevelt Boulevard southbound

At least three people treated for injuries in Route 1 crash

At least three people were treated for injuries Thursday afternoon after a wrong-way driver in a stolen car caused a multi-vehicle crash on the Roosevelt Boulevard southbound extension in East Falls.

According to authorities, the crash occurred around 4:15 p.m. when the driver of a stolen Chrysler 300 traveled northbound against traffic and struck a Toyota Camry, NBC 10 reports. 

After the crash, police say the 29-year-old suspect leapt from the elevated roadway in an attempt to flee the scene. He sustained serious injuries to his right foot and head upon impact and was listed in critical condition at Temple University Hospital. 

As a result of the crash investigation, the southbound highway was temporarily closed and traffic diverted to Ridge Avenue, causing lengthy delays on Kelly Drive. Police also temporarily blocked one lane on Roosevelt Boulevard northbound.

Police and medics were at the scene attending to the victims of the crash, including a 52-year-old woman in the Chrysler – believed to be the mother of the suspect's girlfriend – and two women in the Camry. The victims were listed in stable condition after sustaining non-life threatening injuries

Both the southbound and northbound lanes on Route 1 were reopened by police at approximately 7 p.m. 

Charges against the unidentified suspect have not been announced.