Five-ve­hi­cle crash, truck fire close 78 overnight

Driver sent to hospi­tal for burn in­juries

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

A five-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent, in­volv­ing two trac­tor trailer trucks that caught fire, closed east­bound In­ter­state 78 in Green­wich Town­ship on Fri­day, May 19. One of the east­bound lanes opened Satur­day morn­ing around 9:30 a.m. and later Satur­day both lanes were open.

State Po­lice Ham­burg re­port that a col­li­sion oc­curred east on I-78 ap­proach­ing mile marker 38.1, Green­wich Town­ship at about 5:24 p.m.

A Freight­liner was in the right lane fol­lowed by a Mack truck and be­hind that was a com­mer­cial trac­tor trailer truck.

A com­mer­cial trac­tor trailer

truck was in the left lane along side the Mack truck and was be­ing fol­lowed by a Mercedes SDN.

Traf­fic on I-78 east­bound sud­denly be­gan to slow in both lanes at mile marker 38.1, Green­wich Town­ship.

The ve­hi­cles slowed for the backed up traf­fic but the com­mer­cial trac­tor trailer truck be­hind the Mack truck in the right lane failed to slow down in time and col­lided with the left side of the Mercedes and upon im­pact the trac­tor por­tion of the com­mer­cial truck im­me­di­ately burst into flames and be­came en­gulfed in fire. The fire spread to the trail­ers of the Mack truck and the other com­mer­cial truck.

Also upon im­pact, the Mercedes was pushed into the rear of the com­mer­cial trac­tor trailer truck in the left lane. The Mack truck was pushed into the rear of the Freight­liner in the right lane.

All lanes of I-78 east at mile marker 38.1 was shut down at the col­li­sion scene.

The driver of the com­mer­cial truck in the rear right lane was trans­ported to Le­high Val­ley Hospi­tal for burn in­juries.

The driver of the Mercedes and a pas­sen­ger sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

State Po­lice re­port that the col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

Fire­fight­ers from nine Berks and Le­high fire com­pa­nies were on scene from Vir­ginville, Kutz­town, Kempton, Shoe­mak­ersville, Shartlesville, Ham­burg, Weisen­berg, New Tripoli and Wood­lawn.

On scene were also Ham­burg EMS, Kutz­town Am­bu­lance, North­east­ern Berks EMS, and Ma­cungie Am­bu­lance.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - DAVID REIMER SR.

The re­mains of two trac­tor trailer trucks and a Mack truck af­ter catch­ing on fire as re­sult of five-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion that closed east­bound In­ter­state 78 in Green­wich Town­ship on Fri­day, May 19.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - DAVID REIMER SR.

Fire­fight­ers re­spond to two trac­tor trailer trucks that caught fire on east­bound In­ter­state 78 in Green­wich Town­ship on Fri­day, May 19.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - DAVID REIMER SR.

Fire­fight­ers on scene of a truck fire on In­ter­state 78 in Green­wich Town­ship on Fri­day, May 19.

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