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Tractor trailer, pickup truck crash on Route 222 in Berks Co.

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 30 2012 03:42:17 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 22 2012 04:37:26 AM CDT

Vicious wreck shuts down Route 222

BERN TWP., Pa. -

A part of Route 222 was closed Tuesday night after a horrifying accident in which one of the drivers was ejected from a pickup truck.

It happened a little before 5:30 on Route 222 north near Route 183 in Bern Twp., Berks Co.

Authorities said a tractor-trailer collided with the pickup truck.

Witnesses told 69 News that the driver of the pickup truck was ejected and he was rushed to the hospital.

There's no word on his condition.

Two truck drivers who were working a broken-down rig at the time said the accident sounded like an explosion.

"I saw the pickup truck flipping around in the air and the other truck coming to a screeching halt," said Keith Shuler.

"I heard a crack and I turned around and the pickup truck was in mid-air across the median strip and I just started running. I didn't stick around to see what was going on," said William Rothermel.

That part of Route 222 north was shut down for about three hours.