Brake failure causes crash on Route 322

No injuries were reported in a crash that occurred Friday on state Route 322 when the driver of a tractor-trailer reportedly lost his brakes as he was traveling down a hill.

The driver steered toward an embankment, according to a police report, failing to see a van that was passing him.

Both vehicles traveled off of the road and struck an embankment.

The front end of the tractor-trailer struck a large tree before both vehicles came to rest.

Both vehicles sustained severe damage and were towed from the scene.

The tractor-trailer will be inspected to determine if an equipment violation caused the crash.