Ford Ex­plorer rolls af­ter col­li­sion with truck on I-78

Driver of Ex­plorer failed to yield to traf­fic while en­ter­ing in­ter­state

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter

A Ford Ex­plorer failed to yield to traf­fic while en­ter­ing In­ter­state 78 in Tilden Town­ship and struck a trac­tor trailer truck. The im­pact sent the Ford Ex­plorer rolling over the guard rail and down an em­bank­ment early on Feb. 17.

State Po­lice Ham­burg re­port that at 6:25 a.m., a Ford Ex­plorer, driven by Sev­e­ri­ano Deside­rio, 56, Read­ing, was en­ter­ing In­ter­state 78 east­bound from Route 61 north­bound ramp in Tilden Town­ship. Deside­rio was trav­el­ing too fast for the en­trance ramp and failed to yield to traf­fic on 78, en­tered the right lane and struck an in­ter­na­tional trac­tor trailer truck driv­ing east on I-78 in the right lane.

The im­pact with the trac­tor trailer truck caused the Ford Ex­plorer to roll over and strike the guard rail along 78 east­bound. The ve­hi­cle then rolled over the guard rail, struck a tree and trav­eled down the em­bank­ment on the east­bound road­side.

The trac­tor trailer truck struck the guard rail and be­came dis­abled along the guard rail in the right lane of I-78 east.

Trapped in the Ford Ex­plorer, Deside­rio was freed from the ve­hi­cle by med­i­cal and fire per­son­nel and then trans­ported to Read­ing Hos­pi­tal for head and torso in­juries.

The driver of the trac­tor trailer truck, Vin­cent Let­ter­lough, 44, of Lawrenceville, Ga., was ex­am­ined at the scene by med­i­cal per­son­nel and re­leased.

Ham­burg, Shoe­mak­ersville and Shartlesville fire com­pa­nies, Ham­burg EMS, Al­ways Tow­ing and V&M Tow­ing as­sisted at the scene.

I-78 east­bound was closed for about two hours.

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