A portion of Route 222 was closed for several hours and major backlogs were reported on surrounding roads after a tractor-trailer crash Tuesday in Manheim Township.

The crash occurred north of Eden Road around 6 a.m.

Manheim Township police Chief Tom Rudzinski said the tractor-trailer was heading north when the driver lost control, causing the truck to roll on its side in the median.

The truck driver, 27-year-old Kevin J. Smeal, of Elizabethtown, was taken to a local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, Rudzinski said.

The truck was loaded with grain, requiring hours of cleanup.

Northbound traffic was reduced to one lane from Route 30 to Route 272 as crews worked at the scene. At times, officials were forced to shut down both lanes of the highway.

The road was fully open at 11:45 a.m.

The incident stalled traffic on both north and southbound Route 222 and caused major backups on surrounding roads as motorists detoured around the area.

Drivers on area roads including routes 501, 272, 222, 30 and 23 got caught in the gridlock of the crash.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, Rudzinski said.

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