Power was out for hours in Lansdale and Montgomery Township Friday afternoon and evening following a three-vehicle accident at Lansdale Avenue and Church Road in the borough.
According to The Reporter Online, two vehicles were heading west on East Main Street at Church Road and Lansdale Avenue at around 4 p.m. Friday.
A blue minivan struck a gray Chevy SUV head-on at the intersection, according to the article. The Chevy was then pushed into a gold Ford Mustang.
A witness told The Reporter that the driver of the minivan appeared to have had a seizure while driving. The minivan hit the SUV, pushing it into a second car.
The car continued east on East Main Street/Welsh Road, where it went onto the sidewalk along the entrance to Hillcrest Shopping Center. From there, it hit and damaged a utility pole outside the shopping center, according to the article.
Fairmount Fire Police directed traffic around the accident as the road was closed for repairs, according to the article.
The driver of the SUV, which was the first vehicle struck, was Harleysville blogger Christine Marie.
Christine Marie wrote she was headed home from Target, when she stopped at the light at Lansdale Avenue.
She saw a car in the opposite turning lane ahead of her, with its turn signal on and inching into her lane, according to her blog.
Christine Marie stopped with a car length ahead of her, in order to figure out if the person was lost or attempting a U-turn.
"Suddenly, she accelerated, getting right in my lane and hitting me head on.
This is where the seconds feel like hours and milliseconds all at the same time. All I could see was her deployed airbag and thinking that would stop the car, I hoped it would all be over quickly. But, I was wrong. She continued to accelerate and pushed me right into the car behind me, giving my kids and I a double jolt from her hit and then my hit backwards," wrote Christine Marie.
Christine Marie said her foot was on the brake, and the minivan was still pushing her. She put her foot on the gas, and the van was still pushing her car. She couldn't change gears either.
"With both kids in the car, it was either let her keep pushing me, or pull away. I took a quick look behind me and turned the wheel to peel away from her bumper," she wrote.
The driver of the car behind her exited his vehicle and went to open the car door of the minivan, according to the blog.
She wrote that the car sped down the street, and the male driver yelling, "Stop that car," as he ran behind it.
“I couldn’t even see her, all I could see was her airbag. My kids have been asking me for a while if they could sit in the front seat, but it may be a while before they ask again,” Christine Marie was quoted in The Reporter article.
"By the actions of the driver, we knew it wasn't a typical accident. Something very wrong was occurring," she wrote in her blog.
Christine Marie's daughter and son were tended to by a nurse who stopped for the accident. Four other people stopped to render aid to Christine and her children.
"Amazingly, our former neighbor was at the intersection and, once the kids were checked out, took them to her house for water ice while I stayed at the scene. Once she was gone, I had a moment to breathe and almost lost it, but then realized I still had to deal with paperwork and police," she wrote in her blog.
Christine Marie said the Lansdale officer that helped her was "patient, kind and funny" and the tow truck driver was "calm and helpful."
"Every person I came in contact with today has helped restore my faith in humanity," she wrote. "Some days, it seems like people are just jerks. They can be selfish, greedy and rude. But then there are days like today. When I'm already stressed and then a poorly-timed disaster happens, all of these people show me that people can still be wonderful, helpful and generous."
Christine Marie said a complete stranger named Melissa Hellman pulled over and stayed with her the entire time. Hellman writes a blog called The Savings Wife.
The driver of the minivan was taken to Abington Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries, according to The Reporter.
About 375 people were affected by the outage, according to the article.