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Woman, teenage girl killed in crash on Route 183 in Penn

Alcohol factor in crash, according to state police

PENN TWP., Pa. - A woman suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and her teenage passenger were killed in a head-on crash in Berks County early Sunday morning, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Lindsey Rumbel, 24, was driving on Route 183, near Tulpehocken Drive, in Penn Township around 4:30 a.m., when her 2003 Chevrolet Malibu crossed into the other lane and hit an oncoming pickup truck, police said.

Rumbel, of Bernville, and a 17-year-old female passenger in the back seat died at the scene, police said, adding that the 17-year-old was not wearing a seat belt.

A second passenger, Lindsey R. Swartz, 18, and the driver of the pickup truck, Thomas D. Balthaser, 60, were taken to Reading Hospital.

As of Sunday evening, Swartz was listed in stable condition and Balthaser was in good condition.

According to the police report, the "primary violation" for the crash was Rumbel driving under the influence of alcohol/controlled substance-highest rate of alcohol.

The "highest rate" designation typically means an individual's blood alcohol content is 0.16 percent or higher. The legal driving limit in Pennsylvania is 0.08 percent.


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