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One-vehicle crash causes traffic jam on US 322 West

Driver taken to Geisinger Hospital for injuries

Sentinel photo by BRIAN COX
A tow truck driver, bottom left, hooks up a crashed vehicle while traffic on U.S. 322 West awaits the reopening of the roadway Friday afternoon in Derry Townshp.

YEAGERTOWN — A one-vehicle crash along U.S. 322 West Friday afternoon in Derry Township led to the road being closed briefly and a resulting large traffic backup.

Mifflin County Regional Police Department said the driver, whose name has not been publicly released, was taken to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

Police said a witness reported the driver had moved to the slow down lane and appeared to be exiting U.S. 322 West at the Burnham interchange when the driver suddenly swerved back onto the main highway and appeared to make contact with a tractor-trailer.

Police said the witness reported the tractor-trailer continued on, apparently unaware that it had been contacted by another vehicle. According to the witness, the driver of the car then swerved back and forth multiple times before contacting the center guide rail and scraping along it for several hundred feet before finally coming to a stop blocking the left passing lane.

Authorities were first notified of the crash at 2:03 p.m. Friday, according to the Mifflin County Emergency Communications Center.

In addition to MCRPD, Reedsville Fire Co., Yeagertown Fire Co., Fame EMS and local fire police responded to the scene.

After the crash was scene was cleared, both lanes of U.S. 322 West were reopened. Fire police had begun detouring traffic off U.S. 322 at the Burnham interchange.

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