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Route 322 reopens after multiple-vehicle crash near Tussey Mountain intersection

A tractor trailer’s rear axle is separated from the trailer at the scene of a multiple-vehicle accident on Route 322 in Harris Township.
A tractor trailer’s rear axle is separated from the trailer at the scene of a multiple-vehicle accident on Route 322 in Harris Township. CDT Photo

A crash that occurred at about 3:45 p.m. Friday on U.S. Route 322 near the Bear Meadows Road intersection stopped traffic in both directions for several hours. About 8 p.m., State College police said the road had reopened.

According to Boalsburg Fire Company Chief Van Winter, the department was dispatched for a tractor-trailer accident, fire and ejection.

Upon arrival, first responders confirmed entrapment in one vehicle and ejection from a second.

A heavily-damaged Dodge Neon sat on the south side of the highway, and a decimated Jeep lay in the middle of the road. A tractor-trailer missing its rear wheels sat about 100 yards west of the two vehicles.

“In 30 years with this organization, I’ve never seen a vehicle disintegrated like that,” Winter said regarding the Jeep.

Another vehicle drove onto some of the debris and pulled over, but the driver was not injured and there was no damage to the vehicle.

There were no passengers in the two damaged cars, Winter said. The driver of the Neon was extricated and transported by medical helicopter. The driver of the Jeep was ejected and taken by ambulance to Mount Nittany Medical Center.

State College Police Chief Tom King said a crash reconstruction team would be called in to take detailed measurements and other analysis of the physical evidence.

The road was closed from state Route 144 to state Route 45, Winter said.

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