Traffic tied up on U.S. 322… again

From staff reports

LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County Regional Police Department responded to another accident in the construction zone on U.S. 322 in Derry Township, early Friday afternoon; this is second accident in a week to happen in that area of the construction zone.

According to a report from police, at 12:32 p.m. Kristopher T. Shackelford, 35, of Bullhead, Arizona, was traveling on U.S. 322 East, when he hit the Jack’s Creek Bridge head-on and broke the front axle of the tractor trailer he was driving. According to the report, the tractor trailer continued about 400 feet across the bridge and was disabled blocking eastbound traffic. According to the report, the accident caused substantial damage to the guide rail and the highway had be shut down for about four hours to repair the damage.

Additionally, at the request of the local Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, City Hook and Ladder was dispatched to help clean up the scene from a fuel and antifreeze leak from the cab of the truck, an official said.

Phil Lucas, director of Mifflin County Public Safety, said while eastbound U.S. 322 was closed, traffic was diverted via the blue detour. Traffic was detoured around the accident using the Ort Valley interchange.

Police and emergency responders responded to a similar accident early morning on Aug. 1, when a tractor trailer jumped the guide rail while traveling on U.S. 322 East. MCRPD said the accident happened when the driver of the tractor trailer lost control after a mechanical failure within the driver’s side front wheel area.

According to the report, that Shackleford was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Police were assisted on the scene by PennDOT, City Hook and Ladder and fire police from several townships.