Man dead after driving off a bridge on Business 83 in York Township

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York Area Regional Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle accident at approx. 10:46 am this date at the I-83 Business Loop overpass of Powder Mill Road in York Township.  A 1999 Lexus ES300 driven by 56 year old Thomas Courtenay of York was traveling northbound on the I-83 Business Loop approaching the Powder Mill Road overpass.  Courtenay’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a guide rail.  The vehicle traveled up the guide rail and onto the wall of the bridge/overpass.  The vehicle continued to travel on the top of the wall for a distance until it launched into the air and over the side of the overpass/bridge.  The Lexus fell approx. 40 feet to the ground along side the overpass and came to rest on its roof.  Courtenay was pronounced deceased at the scene by the York County Coroner’s Office.  No other injuries were reported.

Powder Mill Road and the northbound, right lane of the I-83 Business Loop were closed for approx. 3 hours until the on scene investigation was conducted and the vehicle was removed.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information about this accident is asked to contact York Area Regional Police at; 717-741-1259.


A man is dead after driving his car off a bridge on Business 83 and falling roughly fifty feet to the ground below in York Township. The victim drove his black Lexus over the guardrail and was going so fast that he launched himself right off the bridge. The car fell near Powder Mill Road, between South George Street and Tyler Run Road. The car then flipped over before finally coming to a stop. York County’s Deputy Coroner Jeffri Goodfellow said the vehicle had “extremely massive damage.”

First responders described scratch marks on the guardrail that the victim drove over. Officials aren’t releasing his name until they can notify the family and, at this point, it’s unclear exactly why he drove off the bridge. People driving on the road below saw the car hit the ground. “The police officer had just driven past here and those people witnessed it and stopped him right away and sent him back to it so he was here within a minute,” said Goodfellow. Despite the quick response time the man was pronounced dead on the scene.

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