Vehicle overturns, blocks travel on Route 183 in Penn Township

Driver seriously hurt when Jeep hits tractor, rolls on 183

PENN TWP., Pa. - A serious accident closed a stretch of Route 183 in Berks County on Thursday.

The crash, involving a farm tractor and an overturned Jeep, happened shortly before 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Route 183 and Penn-Bern Road in Penn Township, near Bernville.

The Jeep, driven by Jeffrey Krolick, 58, of Frackville, Schuylkill County, was traveling south on Route 183 when the vehicle drifted onto the shoulder and struck the tractor, which was stopped on Penn-Bern Road while waiting to turn south onto 183, state police said.

The impact caused the Jeep to roll onto its side, with Krolick, who was not wearing a seat belt, hitting his head on the road's surface, police said.

Krolick was rushed to the hospital with what troopers described as serious, but not life-threatening, injuries; the tractor's operator, Kevin Krill, 38, of Bernville, was not hurt, police said.

Route 183 was closed in both directions between Penn-Bern and Plum Creek roads until crews could clear the scene.

State police ask anyone with information about the accident to call the Reading barracks at 610-378-4011.

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