Route 222 reopens after crash closed it for nearly six hours Friday

Victim in fatal crash has been identified.

SPRING TWP., Pa. - A fatal crash involving a pickup truck and a tractor trailer closed a stretch of Route 222 in Berks County for nearly six hours Friday. The highway reopened shortly before 10 p.m.

The accident happened around 4:35 p.m. in the southbound lanes at the Broadcasting Road interchange in Spring Township.

The pickup struck the rear of the tractor trailer a half-mile before the exit for Route 422 / Route 222 South, police said.

"Our firefighters got here and they did their best to try to free the victim, but with the damage, it was a difficult process and unfortunately, they weren't able to get him out in time," said Sgt. Barry Marchut, Spring Township Police Department.

The Berks County coroner's office told 69 News that the driver of the pickup, Ryan Valle, 40, from the Mohnton area, died from injuries he suffered in the crash.

The death has been ruled an accident.

No one else was injured, according to police.

Berks County's crash reconstruction team was summoned to the scene.

"They're going to do a full accident reconstruction. It's a lengthy process, so it's going to take at least probably six hours or so, maybe even longer," Marchut said.

The southbound lanes of 222 between the Spring Ridge and Broadcasting Road interchanges have been reopened.

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