Serious crash closes stretch of Route 222 South in Spring

Tractor trailer came to rest in cornfield about 1/4-mile from impact

Truck lands in cornfield off Route 222

SPRING TWP., Pa. - An accident involving three cars and a tractor trailer that ended up in a cornfield resulted in a major backup on Route 222 in Berks County on Tuesday.

"There was so much chaos in just like a fraction of a second," said Shannon Nelson, a driver who witnessed the crash shortly before 3 p.m. near the Broadcasting Road interchange in Spring Township.

A tractor trailer collided with three other vehicles, barreled through the guard rail and came to rest about a quarter-mile from impact.

Witnesses said it happened in an instant, but the tire tracks and debris were left scattered across the roadway for several more hours.

"I was kind of amazed. I do not know how he could have got that far. I do not know. It was amazing," said Alexis Troutman, a driver.

"Our minds were blown how crazy it was," said Ben Carter, a driver.

Firefighters had to cut the roof off a white car to rescue the driver. He was sent to the hospital, as well as the driver of a red Honda.

Some area drivers said they consider the stretch of 222 unsafe.

"That road is getting more treacherous with the type of traffic we have and at the speed they are traveling. It is like you take your life in your hands when you get on that ramp," said Sandy Kachel, a driver.

But others said they disagree.

"I have never had a problem or felt unsafe with it. If people follow the rules, it is not a problem," said Carter.

Police spent more than seven hours reconstructing the accident and trying to get the tractor trailer, with a full load of water, out of the field.

For now, drivers like Shannon Nelson, are just thankful to be alive.

"You hear about these kinds of things on the news and then it never hits you how real it is until it actually happens," said Nelson.

The road reopened at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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