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422 West Blocked By Thursday Morning Accident

The accident scene Thursday as photographed by Lower Pottsgrove police

The accident scene Thursday as photographed by Lower Pottsgrove police

SANATOGA PA – A Shippensburg PA man continues to recuperate from injuries sustained following an accident Thursday morning (Jan. 8, 2015), in which he was the driver of a tractor-trailer that struck a guardrail and concrete barrier on the westbound lanes of U.S. Route 422 just before the Armand Hammer Boulevard exit ramp in Lower Pottsgrove, township police reported.

East-bound traffic whizzes past the incident on the west side, as photographed by Ian Walbert

Eastbound traffic whizzes past the incident that occurred on the west side of 422, as photographed by Ian Walbert

James Monahan, 55, was transported to a Reading hospital, suffering from a head wound, Ofc. Matthew Meitzler said. Police found Monahan unconscious when they arrived at about 7:30 a.m., but he awoke as emergency first responders from Goodwill Ambulance and the Sanatoga Fire Company extricated him from the vehicle.

The police report does not mention if Monahan was, or will be, charged with any violations in connection with the incident.

The speed limit in the construction zone through which the truck was traveling is 40 miles per hour. Police Chief Michael Foltz said as recently as Monday (Jan. 5), during the township Board of Commissioners meeting, that a combination of higher speeds and the construction lanes’ design may have contributed to earlier accidents along the same stretch of highway.

Immediately following the truck’s impact, Meitzler said, “the vehicle traveled a short distance west and left the roadway.” It crossed over the Armand Hammer ramp and into an embankment. The force of the collision trapped Monahan inside the truck compartment.

Traffic was initially limited to only one of two westbound lanes, according to several reports, and then the westbound side was shut down entirely between 7:30 and 9:15 a.m., Meitzler said. 422 west drivers were subsequently detoured.

Photos by Lower Pottsgrove Police and Ian Walbert via Facebook

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