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Accident closes 10-mile stretch of Interstate 78 West in Berks County

Published On: Jun 17 2013 01:08:52 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 18 2013 10:58:18 AM CDT

A series of events involving a bus fire and a tractor trailer accident closed a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 78 in Berks County for nearly two hours Monday.

UPPER BERN TWP., Pa. -

I-78 and PA-61

A series of events involving a bus fire and a tractor trailer accident closed a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 78 in Berks County for nearly two hours Monday.

It all began with a fire on a Greyhound bus in the westbound lanes of I-78, at mile-marker 22, in Upper Bern Township, state police said.

The fire created a lengthy traffic backup, causing three tractor trailers to crash at mile-marker 25.7, also in Upper Bern Township, shortly before 1:30 p.m., police said.

Both lanes of I-78 West were closed between Route 183 - Strausstown (Exit 19) and Route 61 - Tilden Township (Exit 29) until about 3:30 p.m. while crews hauled away the wrecked vehicles and cleaned up a spill of between 40 and 50 gallons of diesel fuel.

Many of the motorists who were stuck in the traffic backup stood outside of the vehicles while they waited for the highway to reopen.

No one was injured in the bus fire. Passengers were taken to a nearby campground until another bus can pick them up.

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Only one of the tractor trailer drivers suffered a minor injury, but he refused treatment at the scene, said police, adding that the Ohio man is going to be cited for careless driving.