I-78 reopens after 5-vehicle crash, fire in Greenwich

GREENWICH TWP., Pa. - Interstate 78 East in Berks County reopened Saturday morning after a fiery, chain-reaction wreck Friday evening.

Five vehicles were involved in the crash on I-78 in Greenwich Township, including four tractor trailers and a Mercedes sedan, police said. The accident happened near Lenhartsville interchange (Exit 35) just before 5:30 p.m.

Both eastbound lanes remained closed until about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, when one lane reopened. The second lane was reopened by 10 a.m.

A Freightliner truck was traveling east on I-78 in the right lane, followed by a Mack truck and tractor trailer, according to state police.

Alongside the Mack truck, in the left lane, was another tractor trailer followed by a Mercedes sedan.

Police said traffic began to slow near milepost 38.1, and all vehicles involved in the wreck slowed down, except the tractor trailer all the way in the back.

The tractor trailer collided with the left side of the Mercedes and the back of the Mack truck in front of it. That caused chain-reaction, rear-end collisions in both ends, with the Mercedes hitting the tractor trailer in front of it and the Mack truck hitting the Freightliner.

The crash caused the tractor portion of the tractor trailer in the back to burst into flames. The fire then spread to the Mack truck and other tractor trailer.

The driver of the truck all the way in the back suffered burn injuries, and the driver and the passenger of the Mercedes also suffered minor injuries.

Authorities are still investigating the crash.



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