Both lanes of SR309 were shut down for about two hours yesterday after two tractor trailers and a sport utility vehicle (SUV) collided along the 1700 block of West Penn Pike (SR309) in West Penn Township.
Despite heavy damage done to all the three vehicles, no serious injuries were reported.
According to police, the incident, which happened around 3:15 p.m. near the work site of the new Kershner Creek bridge, occurred when Eric Fields of Willow Grove, driving a black 2013 GMC Terrain SLE northbound on SR309, crossed the double yellow line, swerving into the path of a southbound tractor driven by Richard Miner, Saylorsville, of FOX Trucking of Hometown, clipping it.
The impact resulted in the tractor trailer losing steering, causing it to turn into the path of a northbound tractor trailer driven by Timothy Grider, of UDUI Trucking LLC of Ohio, causing major damage to the driver's side trailer and tires.
The tractor's cab from Fox Trucking of Hometown, was totaled.
Two large tow rigs were used to remove the tractors and trailer. Firefighters noted that one of the tractor trailers was hauling chocolate.
Staged at SR895 and other major intersections along SR309, West Penn Township police, firefighters, as well as fire police volunteers from West Penn, New Tripoli and Tamaqua, detoured traffic around the area for the duration.
Blondies Restaurant provided hot refreshments to all the volunteers working in the cold. Also responding were Penn Mahoning, Lehighton and Tamaqua Ambulance. West Penn Chief of Police Brian Johnson is the investigating officer. He stated charges will be filed against the driver of the SUV.