Overturned truck closes I-176 North during AM commute

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - For the second time in less that a week, an overturned truck has put the brakes on rush hour commuters in one part of Berks County.

This time, it was the morning rush hour that was affected by a large box truck that rolled onto its side in the northbound lanes of Interstate 176 in Cumru Township.

The driver told police the accident happened around 8:30 a.m. when he served to avoid hitting another vehicle that swerved in front of him.

The driver was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to police, who have not said what, if anything, the truck was hauling at the time of the crash.

The northbound lanes of the highway were closed for about two hours while a tow crew worked to upright the vehicle and haul it away.

The scene is not far from where two tractor trailers hit on Route 422 East at the I-176 interchange last Wednesday afternoon. One of those trucks also overturned.

Eastbound motorists were diverted off the highway for six hours, with the closure lasting through much of the evening commute.

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