Reading woman killed in Route 222 wreck

Crash occurred in Lancaster County

E. COCALICO TWP., Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police report a Reading woman was killed in a crash along Route 222 in Lancaster County Monday morning.

Evelyn Nazario, 57, of Reading, was pronounced dead at Lancaster General Hospital.

The crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. along southbound Route 222 at milepost 43.3 in East Cocalico Township. The wreck happened in a construction zone that has closed the highway between the turnpike and Brownstown/Rothsville exits.

After an investigation, state police said a tractor-trailer failed to stop for traffic in the work zone. The tractor-trailer hit a Pontiac driven by Nazario.

The tractor-trailer also hit a Dodge van and a Ford F-150.

Heidi Witmer, 32, and her daughter, who were in the Dodge, were taken to the hospital.

Zacharia Denlinger, 33, of Bethlehem, who was in the Ford, was also injured.

After hitting the three vehicles, the tractor-trailer left the roadway and struck a tree.

Along with the single fatality, state police reported that at least seven people were injured.

"As far as any type of work zone you got to slow down when it comes to the work zone I mean the speed limit signs are up the pre-construction zone signs are up slow down save a life," State Police Trooper James Spencer said.

Steven Williams drove past the scene. He said he sees these kinds of crashes too often.

"He was up in the woods and he knocked the tree across the road it was a terrible mess," Williams said.

Drivers said the construction zone, along with the high speeds and tractor trailer traffic, can sometimes seem like a recipe for disaster. 

"There are so many tractor trailers that travel on that road," said driver Amy Welder.

Officials said drivers need to pay attention and slow down.

"When I drive on the road I find a comfortable spot between the packs of traffic and just try to stay in the middle and drive defensively you know back off," said Williams.

The investigation is ongoing. Any charges relating to the crash will be made after state police consult with the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.

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