SUV vs. tractor-trailer: Crash, fuel spill close Route 222

Highway reopened in time for morning commute

MAIDENCREEK TWP., Pa. - A crash involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV closed a stretch of Route 222 in Berks County for several hours overnight.

The crash happened just before 2 a.m. on 222 in the area of Pleasant Hill Road in Maidencreek Township.

A southbound Toyota Rav 4 crossed the center line in front of the oncoming tractor-trailer, possibly because the SUV's driver fell asleep at the wheel, police said.

"As [the SUV] started to come further in, I started blowing my horns, and the only thing I could think of was try to pull far to the right to try to get him to deflect off me," said Travis Pearse, the driver of the tractor-trailer. "If I would have pulled to the left, I think I would have taken out the entire passenger car."

Pearse was not hurt, but two people in the SUV were taken to a hospital, but their injuries were not reported to be serious.

The impact of the crash caused the truck to spill a large amount of diesel fuel, so Route 222 was shut down between Pleasant Hill Road and Route 73 for cleanup. The highway reopened around 6 a.m.

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