422 West Shutdown Follows Car-Truck Accident

422 West Shutdown Follows Car-Truck AccidentROYERSFORD PA – A Tuesday morning (April 23, 2019) rush-hour collision on westbound U.S. Route 422 between its Route 29 and Royersford exits mobilized first responders from the Royersford Fire Department, its Friendship Ambulance unit, the Upper Providence Department of Fire & Emergency Services, and the Collegeville Fire Company, the Royersford department reported.

The incident, involving a dump truck and a sports utility vehicle, ended up trapping the SUV driver inside that vehicle. Rescue efforts required westbound lanes to be shutdown for about 45 minutes, the department said. The SUV driver was transported to a nearby hospital, but the extent of the driver’s injuries or current condition were not available.

The dump truck was spun from the westbound lanes onto the grassy 422 median, and pushed its front end up against guard wires lining the north shoulder of the eastbound lanes. There was no mention of the status of its driver.

The back-up of westbound traffic during the shutdown at one point caused police to use an emergency turn-around on 422 to redirect drivers off the highway, the report noted.

The incident followed an earlier 8:45 a.m. accident – somewhat near the same location, the department indicated – during which “one vehicle went off the road near milemarker 181.” Units from Royersford, Upper Providence Department of Fire & Emergency Services, and Trappe Fire Company Ambulance responded to it. “The occupants of the vehicle refused treatment and units cleared the scene quickly,” it added.

The Royersford department reminded drivers to “remain vigilant as conditions change quickly, and you may find traffic patterns out of the norm. Don’t forget to slow down and move over when you see workers out on the road,” it asked.

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