Berks County is the ninth most populous county in Pennsylvania. But the county has the sixth most traffic accidents in the state. Heavy traffic, speeding, and distracted driving create a perfect storm for traffic deaths and injuries.
Many of the car accidents in Berks County happen in Reading. But Wyomissing is not immune from traffic crashes. In 2020, Wyomissing had over 200 crashes. These accidents centered around four roads and two intersections.
Want to stay as safe as possible out on the streets? Take a look at our guide to the most dangerous roads and intersections in Wyomissing, PA.
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Accidents in Wyomissing, PA
About 3.3% of Pennsylvania’s population lives in Berks County. But in 2020, Berks County accounted for 4.2% of traffic accidents in Pennsylvania. This means that Berks County had 920 more traffic accidents in 2020 than it should have had, based on the size of its population.
In 2020, Berks County had 4,357 traffic accidents. Of these, 1,746 caused at least one injury. That year, 37 people died in Berks County traffic accidents, including six pedestrians.
Wyomissing had 201 traffic accidents in 2020. Of these, 88 traffic accidents in the borough caused at least one injury. The injured include one bicyclist and two pedestrians. Wyomissing had no traffic fatalities in 2020.
These statistics represented an improvement over 2019. In 2019, Wyomissing had two traffic fatalities. The city had 226 total accidents, 87 of which caused at least one injury.
This improvement matches nationwide trends. In 2020, pandemic measures caused a 13% drop in traffic in the U.S. and a corresponding drop in traffic accidents. But the rest of the U.S. saw an increase in traffic deaths, while Wyomissing saw a drop.
Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections in Wyomissing, PA
The accidents in Wyomissing follow a predictable pattern. The busiest roads in Wyomissing are also its most dangerous, including:
Wyomissing sits at the crossroads of two U.S. routes. US-422 runs east-west across from King of Prussia to Cleveland, Ohio. As it passes through Wyomissing, US-422 forms an acute angle, with the east segment running southeast-northwest along the Schuylkill River and the west segment running southwest-northeast through the city. The west segment overlaps US-222.
As it passes through Wyomissing, US-422 is a four-lane divided highway with a posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour. Both local and long-distance travelers use US-422. This highway is Wyomissing’s busiest road, with over 41,000 vehicles driving this route every day.
In 2020, this highway had 25 injury accidents. It had no fatalities in 2020, but in 2019, both of Wyomissing’s traffic fatalities happened on US-422. These statistics make this highway Wyomissing’s most dangerous road.
US-222 is a spur of US-22. US-22 is a major route running across Pennsylvania between the New Jersey and West Virginia borders. US-222 breaks off from US-22 at Allentown to service Reading and Lancaster.
In Wyomissing, US-222 overlaps US-422 for most of its length. But at the north and south ends of the borough, US-222 separates from US-422. Excluding the sections that overlap US-422, US-222 still has a high number of traffic accidents.
The northern section is less than a mile long between the borough limits and the US-422 merge. But this short segment of highway had three injury accidents in 2020.
The northern segment is a four-lane divided highway with a posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour. This section sees heavy traffic with nearly 30,000 vehicles using US-222 every day.
The southern section is even shorter at less than one-quarter mile long between the split from US-422 and the borough limits. In 2020, this segment had one injury accident.
US-422 BUS/Penn Avenue
US-422 BUS/Penn Avenue is a business route through the heart of Wyomissing. It connects Wyomissing to West Reading and Reading to the east. It also provides access to many Wyomissing businesses, including shops, restaurants, and offices.
As it passes through Wyomissing, US-422 BUS/Penn Avenue is primarily a two-lane undivided road. It has a posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour.
In 2020, US-422 BUS/Penn Avenue had ten injury accidents. These accidents injured 16 motorists and passengers. US-422 BUS/Penn Avenue also has one of Wyomissing’s most dangerous intersections, where it crosses Wyomissing Boulevard/State Hill Road.
Wyomissing Boulevard/State Hill Road and Penn Avenue
This intersection brings together two of Wyomissing’s busiest surface roads. About 11,000 vehicles pass through this intersection every day. This intersection has an unusual configuration, with Wyomissing Boulevard continuing from State Hill Road at a strange angle.
In 2020, this potentially confusing intersection saw three injury accidents. These accidents injured five people. Amazingly, none of those injury accidents involved pedestrians.
Wyomissing Boulevard/State Hill Road
Wyomissing Boulevard/State Hill Road runs north-south through the heart of Wyomissing. At its north end, State Hill Road provides access to Berkshire Square shopping center, Tower Health Urgent Care, and the Berkshire Mall within the span of about 1,500 feet.
State Hill Road is heavily-traveled at over 16,600 vehicles per day. In 2020, 13 accidents happened on State Hill Road, resulting in 16 injuries.
South of US-422 BUS/Penn Avenue, Wyomissing Boulevard runs through residential neighborhoods. It also provides access to Wyomissing Creek and the nearby parks. Wyomissing Boulevard saw four accidents that resulted in five injuries.
In total, Wyomissing Boulevard/State Hill Road had 17 accidents that injured 21 people.
State Hill Road and Berkshire Mall Road
This intersection has a notorious reputation for accidents. In 2019, local news reports identified this intersection as Berks County’s eighth most dangerous. The report analyzed ten years of crash data from 2009 to 2018. It found this intersection was Wyomissing’s most dangerous, with 55 traffic collisions that caused 26 injuries.
Updated data from 2020 shows similar problems at this intersection. In just one year, this intersection had eight accidents resulting in four injuries in just one year.
Navigating the Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections in Wyomissing, PA
Wyomissing’s most dangerous roads are also its busiest. Avoiding these roads will deprive you of the most direct routes to shopping centers, medical offices, and the bridges to Reading.
Nearly one-third of accidents in Pennsylvania result from speeding. Another third arises from distracted driving. By slowing down and paying attention, you can reduce your chances of getting into an accident as you navigate the roads and intersections of Wyomissing.