Morning commute a slow-go for drivers on Route 422 in Berks

Morning commute a slow-go for drivers...

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - A series of accidents caused a serious slowdown of rush hour traffic on two separate stretches of Route 422 in Berks County.

Three of the accidents happened Wednesday morning on the West Shore Bypass, in the area of the Interstate 176 interchange, in Cumru Township.

The first crash was a fender-bender on the westbound side, according to police, who said that a backup of traffic resulted from the vehicles not being able to move onto the shoulder of the highway.

The second crash, police said, involved an SUV that was sandwiched between two tractor trailers on the eastbound side of the bypass. The SUV's driver was taken to the hospital but released a short time later, police said. The trucks's drivers were not hurt.

The third crash -- a five-vehicle pileup in the westbound lanes -- happened as a result of traffic backing up because of the first accident, police said.

One person in that crash was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries; another was treated at the scene.

One of two white vans involved in the third accident left the scene, police said. Two other vehicles had to be towed.

The bypass was fully reopened shortly before 10 a.m., but it took a bit longer for fire police to help clear the backlog of traffic.

The other problem spot was Route 422 in Amity Township, where a crash slowed westbound traffic at Hill Road, according to emergency dispatchers.

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