Crash shuts down U.S. 322 Friday

LEWISTOWN – Numerous traffic accidents on Friday led to major delays throughout Lewistown.

It was a busy day for first responders, who began their day with a tractor trailer accident in the east bound lane of U.S. 322 near Jacks Creek Road.

Shortly after 8 a.m. the tractor trailer struck a concrete barrier and jumped the guiderail in the eastbound. The cab of the truck was found by firefighters and other first responders wedged in a heavily-wooded area and was seen leaking diesel fuel just above Jacks Creek Road, according to a report issued by Mifflin County Regional Police Department.

Police said the driver, Lee Madison, of Chicago, lost control of the truck after a mechanical failure within the driver side front wheel area.

According to the report, Madison was taken to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital by Fame EMS for treatment and evaluation. A nursing supervisor at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital said Friday evening that Madison was listed in stable condition. Police said the truck sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene. MCRPD was assisted at the scene by Fame EMS, Highland Park Hose Co., Junction Fire Co. and PennDOT crews.

Both lanes of traffic in the construction zone were closed for a little over an hour. The westbound lane opened around 9:45 a.m. and the eastbound lane, which sustained road and bridge damage was reopened at 5 p.m., according to the Mifflin County Communications Center.

The Mifflin County Communications Center said three more accidents happened during the day. Phil Lucas, Director of the Mifflin County Office of Public Safety, said those accidents all occurred along detours put in place after the tractor-trailer crash.

Lucas also said this was the second tractor-trailer to turn over in that area in the past few months.

“It’s an issue of drivers operating at a safe speed and maintaining their lane,” he said.

According to the Mifflin County Communications Center, at 11:46 a.m. a three-vehicle accident occurred on U.S. 522 and Luke Road, Granville Township, and unknown injuries were reported. Additionally, an accident involving one vehicle occurred at 1:02 p.m. at 3789 U.S. 22 Granville Township, which caused two people to be injured. Finally, at 2:20 p.m., an accident was reported at 3200 U.S. 22 that involved two vehicles. No one was reported injured in that incident.

Sentinel reporter Sarah Davis contributed to this report.