Update: Tipped Tank Removed from 422 East in Amity

The accident scene Friday, at top, as provided by PennDOT’s camera view from 422 at River Bridge Road

DOUGLASSVILLE PA – After a closure of several hours, eastbound lanes of U.S. Route 422 in Douglassville were re-opened Friday (Feb. 4, 2022) at about 2 p.m., after a tractor-trailer combination carrying an oblong-shaped tank failed to navigate a turn onto Old Swede Road leading to Route 662. The load tipped onto its side, blocking a portion of the highway.

The vehicles were moved out of the way after a crane and other towing equipment provided by several operators brought them upright.

News reports said the tractor’s route had been pre-approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Read an earlier story, published Friday (Feb. 4) by The Posts, describing the 422 East blockage and social media reaction to it, below.

Tipped Tractor Blocks 422 East in Amity Township

DOUGLASSVILLE PA – Dozens of the more than 58,000 followers of the 422 Sucks page on Facebook were monitoring the progress, or what many claimed was a lack of it, in the movement of a tractor hauling an over-sized load Friday (Feb. 4, 2022) near the intersection of U.S. Route 422 and state Route 662 in Amity Township.

The vehicle and its trailered cargo, an oblong tank, tipped on their side while making a turn there shortly after 11 a.m. The outlook for eastbound travelers wasn’t good for some time thereafter.

Berks County emergency officials announced the disabled vehicle might remain in place for awhile, and that east lanes of 422 could be “closed for an extended period,” according to an online story from the Reading Eagle newspaper. Reporter Steven Henshaw wrote that fire police volunteers were “re-routing eastbound traffic at Maplewood Drive.” It’s not yet known if anyone was injured.

The Berks Weekly online news service also provided a live Facebook broadcast from the scene at around 1:30 p.m.

Drivers were asked to avoid the area. 422 Sucks’ Facebook readers tended to agree. They were dismayed about the accident and the delays it caused; “25 minutes to go a quarter of a mile,” one observed. There was even more angst about the route and length of suggested detours; some drivers were redirected to Birdsboro. “Looks like I’ll be taking the long way to Limerick,” another added.

Even those comments pale in comparison to what was being doled out to the tractor’s driver and escort crew. “Whoever thought that was a good idea should be fired,” was a comment with which other readers readily agreed. “So who planned this route out?,” another asked. Why didn’t the truck escorts anticipate problems in navigating the tight turn?, a handful wondered.

Some 422 Sucks followers also found humor in the situation. “I was wondering where my mother-in-law was this morning” generated plenty of laughing emoticons.

Video still provided from PennDOT traffic cameras