Crashes cause chaos during morning commute

38 taken to hospital for evaluation in accident involvoing Kutztown Area School District bus

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Published: Dec 07 2012 11:40:16 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 07 2012 08:53:29 PM EST
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -

Wet roads and black ice caused chaos for many drivers traveling in northern Berks County Friday morning. There were five weather-related accidents. One of them involved a school bus with approximately 40 students.

"Anytime it's right around the freezing temperature, no roads are treated yet, the overpasses and bridges do get icy," said Tim Behm, driver.

"As soon as we started out, why it was a little jerk on the roads..tried the brake and it slipped sideways," said one driver.

"It's icy...real icy....real bad," said Dave Cullider, driver

Crews were called to the scene of a multiple vehicle accident on Interstate 78 West at the Lenhartsville exit. En route they found another accident involving a pick-up truck and a school bus on the overpass of I-78 at Route 737, said Kutztown Deputy Fire chief Tim Behm.  The bus approximately had 40 middle and high school students from Kutztown Area School District.

School district officials immediately notified parents once they learned of the accident, said Superintendent Kathy Metrick.

"We had every line in this building tied up with people manning phones, calling-out, getting the information out as quickly as possible," said Metrick.

Students were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital and Reading Hospital.  No one was seriously injured, said Metrick.

Just after 8a.m., state police were called to the scene of a two vehicle crash in Greenwhich Township at the intersection of SR737 and Kutz Mill Rd. Police told 69 News that a vehicle slipped on the Mill Creek Bridge into oncoming traffic. The drivers escaped serious injuries.