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Wrong-way driver causes wrecks on Route 22, emergency dispatchers say

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - A driver heading the wrong way on Route 22 West caused multiple wrecks late Saturday night, according to emergency communication officials.

The series of crashes happened around 11 p.m. in the area of Route 22 West near Cedar Crest Boulevard in South Whitehall Township.

Lehigh County emergency communication officials confirmed there were "several accidents" after the wrong-way driver got onto Route 22. Initial reports indicate one crash involved several people trapped in at least one vehicle.

Several drivers who were stuck in traffic following the crashes contacted the 69 News tip-line. They said the section of Route 22 West between 15th Street and Cedar Crest was shut down.

One driver who contacted the 69 News tip-line about a half-hour after the crash described the traffic situation as "a parking lot."

So far, there's no official word on the number of vehicles involved. There's also no word on how many people were injured or the extent of their injuries.

It's unclear exactly how long the highway was shut down. As of 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Lehigh County emergency communication officials said the road was open.

Early Sunday morning, 69 News contacted State Police in Bethlehem, the agency heading the investigation. As of 5:30 a.m., State Police said details of the crash will be released in a forthcoming news release.

Stay with 69 News and for details as they become available.

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