Diesel fuel spill puts brakes on West Shore Bypass traffic

Eastbound lanes reopened shortly after 1 p.m.

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - A hazmat incident involving the leak of diesel fuel from a tractor-trailer closed a stretch of the West Shore Bypass in Berks County for more than two hours Thursday.

The leak was reported around 11 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Route 422, about a half-mile before the Interstate 176 interchange, in Cumru Township.

The tractor-trailer was traveling east on the bypass when it ran over a piece of metal that fell off a flatbed truck in front of it, according to police. The metal punctured the tractor-trailer's fuel tank, causing diesel fuel to spill for about a half-mile before the truck could safely pull to the side of the highway.

The flatbed truck continued on, with its driver likely unaware of what happened, police said.

The eastbound lanes were closed between the Lancaster Avenue interchange in Reading and I-176 so that crews could clean up the spill.

PennDOT traffic cameras showed eastbound motorists being diverted off the bypass at Lancaster Avenue, with traffic backed up well beyond the Penn Street/Penn Avenue interchange in West Reading and into Wyomissing.

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