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Car crashes into house near Birdsboro

Elderly driver suffered only minor injuries

Driver hurt when car crashes into Union Township home

UNION TWP., Pa. - An elderly man was taken to a hospital after his car barreled into a home near Birdsboro.

The man's son, a firefighter, said he found out about his dad's involvement in the accident as he responded to the scene in the 900 block of East Main Street in Union Twp., Berks Co., Monday afternoon.

Three generations of the Kulp family were at there. The 90-year-old driver, Vernon Kulp Jr., was taken to Reading Hospital for treatment of minor injuries while his son and grandson helped at the crash scene.

"It was such a loud crash that I just couldn't imagine what happened," said Craig Geiger, who was in the basement of his home when the eldest Kulp's Buick crashed through the front door. "The front door is in my living room, glass all over everywhere."

And when Geiger looked outside, he recognized Kulp, a former Birdsboro neighbor.

"He got out of the car. He was walking. He was bleeding, cut on his head, his arms and whatever," said Geiger. "He wanted paper towels. I had to go around the back of the house to get out because I couldn't get to him. Then we called 911 and had him sit down."

Meanwhile, Vernon Kulp III and Scott Kulp were on a fire truck with the Birdsboro Union Fire Department.

"We were just about here when one of the firefighters called me and said it was my father in the accident," said Kulp, adding that he wasn't completely surprised.

"He always goes over to the Birdsboro Cemetery here to visit my mother's grave, and I just had a feeling that it was him," said Kulp. "And we got here and it was him."

He said he was able to speak with his father to ask him what happened as he was leaving the cemetery.

"He came up to Route 724, East Main Street, here, said he looked both ways and he punched the accelerator," said Kulp. "He said the car just took off on him and came right across the front lawn here and right into the house here."

Kulp was last reported to be hospitalized in good condition.

"He has some lacerations on the head and some lacerations on the arm," said Kulp. "We don't know of any other injuries at the time."

Geiger said he's thankful no one was seriously hurt. He doesn't know how much the damage will cost.

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