A motorist driving the wrong way on Route 30 in Manheim Township slammed into oncoming traffic during rush hour Tuesday morning, injuring at least two people and closing the highway for nearly three hours.
The crash, which involved nearly a dozen vehicles, prompted traffic delays in one of the most heavily traveled sections of Route 30 in Lancaster's suburbs.
Police said the motorist used the wrong on-ramp in East Lampeter Township and drove westbound a "significant distance in the wrong direction" in the eastbound lanes of Route 30 before crashing into oncoming traffic at 8:02 a.m.
Police said the wrong-way driver, who was in an SUV, struck at least two oncoming vehicles, apparently sparking chain-reaction crashes; Lancaster County Commissioner Josh Parson tweeted that 11 vehicles were involved.
The wrong-way driver's condition is not known.
Authorities reopened the highway around 10:40 a.m.
One person was trapped in a vehicle and was freed within 30 minutes, according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications. Police said the two people who were taken to the hospital did not have life-threatening injuries. The extent of injuries is unknown.
The crash is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Manheim Township police, 717-569-6401.
Incident Commander reports Route 30 East will be closed form Route 222 to Route 23 for at least 2 hours. There were 11 vehicles involved. https://t.co/M7GEUUumEe— Commissioner Josh Parsons (@CommissionerJP) February 4, 2020
Update - the accident scene spans Route 30 Eastbound in Manheim Township between Route 222 & Route 23. Number of vehicles still being assessed. https://t.co/KOiRxqX1Lj— Commissioner Josh Parsons (@CommissionerJP) February 4, 2020
⚠️ALERT⚠️County Emergency Ops/911 Reports multiple vehicle accidents along Route 30 between Lititz Pk & Route 340 due to a wrong way driver. Units responding to assess and triage injuries. Route 30 eastbound is closed. Will update as information becomes available.— Commissioner Josh Parsons (@CommissionerJP) February 4, 2020
Accidents cause traffic problems on Rt 30 https://t.co/EDgw2nep8m— Ｓｐｅｃｔｏｌｕｘ (@DanMarschkaLNP) February 4, 2020
UPDATE: Multi vehicle crash on US 30 eastbound between US 222 and US 322. All lanes closed.— 511PA Harrisburg (@511PAHarrisburg) February 4, 2020