Route 30 traffic backs up at Route 23

This PennDOT camera shows traffic backed up on Route 30 East after a vehicle accident near Route 23 Friday morning.

Two people were injured and a tractor-trailer overturned in a crash in the westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Rapho Township Friday morning.

A van was also involved in the 9:04 a.m. wreck at mile marker 265.0 near the Lebanon County border, state police Trooper Kevin Rathman said.

Both drivers suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and they were transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon County.

The overturned tractor-trailer was blocking the right lane and shoulder, but one westbound lane remained open to traffic.

A county hazardous materials team was called to the scene.

The vehicles were still on the road as of 11 a.m. as cleanup continued.

“(The trailer) was hauling small gallon containers and cardboard boxes,” Rathman said. “It has to be off-loaded first before they upright the vehicles.”

He did not immediately know why a hazardous materials unit was called to the scene.

A separate car wreck on Route 30 East between East Walnut Street (Route 23) and Pitney Road in East Lampeter Township slowed traffic during the morning commute.

Brandon K. Grove, 25, of Lancaster, was driving a Nissan 350 car in the left eastbound lane shortly before 9 a.m., township police Lt. Robin Weaver said.

“He lost control due to driving too fast for conditions and struck the median,” Weaver said. No other vehicles were involved.

Grove was transported to Lancaster General Hospital with minor injuries, Weaver said.

The road was partially blocked for 45 minutes.

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Ryan Robinson is a police reporter and Voices columnist for Lancaster Newspapers. He can be reached at or (717) 481-6032. You can also follow @RyanRobinsonLNP on Twitter.