Tractor-trailer, car crash on Route 222 in Maidencreek

Highway closed for nearly 2 hours

MAIDENCREEK TWP., Pa. - At least one person was seriously injured in a crash that closed a stretch of Route 222 between Reading and Allentown for nearly two hours Thursday.

The collision, which happened shortly after 11 a.m., involved a car and a tractor-trailer at Route 222, near Evansville Road, in Maidencreek Township.

"We heard a loud bang immediately we knew it was an accident," said Rachel Stump, who lives nearby.

Northern Berks Regional police said witnesses told them that the car nearly hit other vehicles as it swerved back and forth in the highway's center lane.

At some point, the car and the tractor-trailer collided, with the crumpled car, along with several large pieces of debris, ending up several yards off the highway, on the front lawn of a nearby home.

Witnesses said they then saw the car's driver crawling on the ground and fighting off the first officers who arrived on the scene.

"He was trying to run," Stump said. The cops were like holding him down. He was just very erratic in his behavior."

Police said they later learned that he was experiencing a diabetic episode. He was taken to Reading Hospital for what was believed to be a broken leg.

Other injuries were not reported to be serious.

A second crash happened a short time later in the backup of traffic that resulted from the first crash. A northbound Jeep was attempting to make a U-turn in front of the Dollar Tree store, south of the first crash, when it was hit by a car that was traveling in the center lane, police said.

The driver of the car suffered a minor hand injury.

Route 222 remained closed in both directions between Route 73 and Pleasant Hill Road until approximately 1 p.m.

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