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Homes in West Manheim retirement community evacuated after wall collapses

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch
A wall collapse in a Hanover retirement community led to an evacuation of more than 20 homes, Sunday, March 10, 2019. John A. Pavoncello photo

More than 20 homes in a West Manheim Township retirement community were evacuated Sunday afternoon after a retaining wall collapsed.

The collapse happened Sunday, March 10, along Bear Crossing in West Manheim Township. The area is in the SpiriTrust Lutheran The Village at Utz Terrace development.

SpiriTrust Lutheran did not respond to multiple requests for comment as of Monday afternoon.

Bear Crossing and Muhlenberg Drive were shut down Sunday. West Manheim Township emergency services responded.

By Monday afternoon, Bear Crossing was still closed to through traffic, and orange construction fencing had been set up along the perimeter of the retaining wall.

It was unclear if any residents on Bear Crossing had been permitted to return home.

West Manheim Township Manager Marc Woerner said the property is owned and maintained by SpiriTrust Lutheran, so the township hadn't been significantly involved as of Monday afternoon.

Woerner said the township isn't currently investigating the incident.

Pleasant Hill Fire Department, which responded to the scene Sunday, declined to comment and directed all inquiries to SpiriTrust Lutheran.

A wall collapse in a Hanover retirement community led to an evacuation of more than 20 homes, Sunday, March 10, 2019. John A. Pavoncello photo
A wall collapse in a Hanover retirement community led to an evacuation of more than 20 homes, Sunday, March 10, 2019. John A. Pavoncello photo
A wall collapse in a Hanover retirement community led to an evacuation of more than 20 homes, Sunday, March 10, 2019. John A. Pavoncello photo