Multiple-rollover crash shuts down snowy I-78 West in Berks

Authorities report multiple injuries

Multiple vehicles involved in crash as snow falls in area

GREENWICH TWP., Pa. - A crash involving multiple vehicles that rolled onto their roofs closed a snowy stretch of Interstate 78 in Berks and Lehigh counties for several hours Saturday night.

The wreck happened around 5:10 p.m. on the westbound side of the highway in Greenwich Township, Berks County, according to emergency communication officials.

The crash involved multiple vehicles, with at least three that rolled onto their roof or side.

Officials said multiple injuries were reported, but they have not released any information about the severity of those injuries.

Westbound traffic was diverted off the highway between the Route 863/Lynnport/New Smithville (Exit 45) interchange in Lehigh County and the Route 737/Kutztown/Krumsville interchange (Exit 40) in Berks County.

69 News spoke with several drivers who were caught up in the mess. They called the road conditions treacherous.

"No traction on the tires. I literally slid down the whole hill," said Roscoe Daugherty, a tractor trailer driver.

"We're going to Pottsville, but we aren't going to make it tonight," said Michael Whitby of Allentown. "Stay home. It's terrible. It's bad out right now."

All lanes of I-78 reopened late Saturday night.

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