5 taken to hospital from 3-vehicle crash on I-78 in Berks

GREENWICH TWP., Pa. - Five people were taken to the hospital after a three-vehicle accident that shut down Interstate 78 in Berks County for several hours on Thursday.

The crash, involving a tractor-trailer, a car, and a minivan, happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. in the highway's westbound lanes, near the Kutztown/Krumsville interchange, in Greenwich Township.

The car tried to make an "unsafe lane change," hit the minivan next to it, and then rear-ended the tractor-trailer, state police said in a news release. The car then hit the concrete median and rolled.

The five people in the car, including a 5-year-old child, were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The driver suffered minor injuries, but police provided no information about the extent of the other injuries.

The truck driver suffered minor injuries, but did not go to the hospital; the minivan driver was not hurt.

The highway was closed for the investigation and cleanup.

"Traffic came to a stop and I tried to talk to the truck driver next to us, but we were there for probably about two hours," said Doug Harris, a driver who was stopped in the standstill for hours. "I took the dog for a walk halfway up the road just to see what was going on. Everybody was just hanging out on the highway."

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