Crash closes Route 422 for 7 hours
Both lanes of Route 422 were closed for about seven hours Friday morning in Plumcreek Township after a tractor-trailer truck involved in a wreck leaked about 300 gallons of diesel fuel.
State police said a car driven by Lindsey Merlock, 18, of Kittanning, entered Route 422 from Cherry Run Road and crossed into the path of a 2012 Freightliner rig driven by James Klinger, 59, of Dalmatia, Northumberland County. The truck was traveling west shortly after 4 a.m.
Police said Merlock apparently fell asleep at the wheel.
She was taken to ACMH Hospital, East Franklin, for treatment of minor injuries. Police said the truck driver was not injured.
The truck overturned, causing diesel fuel and refrigerant to spill onto the road, police said. Officials said the truck was carrying a load of pierogies.
McCutcheon Enterprise, of Allegheny Township was called for the cleanup and Armstrong County's hazardous materials team responded, too.
“The roadway was already very wet from rain,” said hazmat coordinator Vince Cappo. “Conditions were compounded by the fuel-water mixture.”
A PennDOT spokesperson said the road was closed from Route 210 to Margaret Road.
In addition, a utility pole was sheared off in the accident. Crews worked to replace the pole during the morning.
Traffic was detoured around the crash along Seldom Seen Road to Margaret Road.
Route 422 was reopened around 11 a.m., seven hours after the crash.
Mitch Fryer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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