Trucker cited in crash that closed 10-mile stretch of I-78

GREENWICH TWP., Pa. - The driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed and burst into flames on Interstate 78 has been cited for driving too fast for the wet conditions.

The crash closed a 10-mile stretch of the highway between the Hamburg (Exit 30) and the Kutztown/Krumsville (Exit 40) interchanges for more than two hours.

The tractor-trailer was traveling east in the area of the Lenhartsville interchange in Greenwich Township shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, when it lost control on the wet highway and crashed through the concrete median, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The truck hit a westbound tractor-trailer before bursting into flames. By the time the fire was put out, a charred shell of the truck was all that remained.

The driver of the striking truck suffered a minor head injury and declined going to the hospital, police said. He was cited for driving too fast for the weather conditions at the time.

The driver of the other truck managed to stop on the shoulder of the highway. He was not injured.

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