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Multivehicle crash reported along Route 322 near Philipsburg

State police have released details regarding the multivehicle crash reported Tuesday morning along U.S Route 322 in Rush Township.

According to police, a total of seven separate crashes were discovered on arrival. Eleven different vehicles were involved with 17 occupants.

All of the drivers and passengers claimed they were wearing their seat belts, police said. One minor injury was reported and the driver was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Police determined that icy roadways played a factor in the crashes. A total of eight vehicles suffered disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene.

A Centre Daily Times employee on the scene reported seeing vehicles stopping for a red truck on its side at about 7:50 a.m. while driving down the mountain. Both occupants could be seen standing up in the cab of the truck.

Another driver with a ladder was able to help the male and female occupants out of the truck, the employee said. A few nurses on their way to State College were able to evaluate the couple, who were reportedly conscious and walking around.

Route 322 was briefly closed during cleanup then reopened, a PennDOT representative said. State police was assisted by members of the Philipsburg, Port Matilda and Osceola Mills fire departments, police said, as well as Moshannon Valley EMS and PennDOT.

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