A truck crash and fire at the Route 30/Oregon Pike overpass stopped traffic for part of the morning around the busy interchange.
Just after 7 a.m., a truck hit a disabled, unoccupied Jeep along Route 30 and then continued down an embankment across Oregon Pike and then caught fire in a grassy area near the Route 30 overpass, police said.
The truck didn't hit any other vehicles as it traveled across Oregon Pike, police said.
The fire caused significant delays on Route 30 and Oregon Pike for hours.
The male truck driver, who suffered a serious injury, is not being identified until the investigation is complete, police said.
Dispatches said fire was dripping down from the highway onto Oregon Pike. The truck driver was described as a “class 1 burn patient” needing immediate medical attention.
Both roadways, which were closed for a time, were reopened by late morning, according to a county radio supervisor.
A news 8 viewer sent us this video of a crash on Route 30 in Manheim Township, Lancaster Co. It appears a vehicle also went over the embankment down to Oregon Pike. Avoid the area if possible! pic.twitter.com/RhgxKooNO7— Katelyn Smith (@KatelynWGAL) May 25, 2018
A PennDOT camera livestreaming from along Route 30 showed morning traffic at a standstill. A hazmat team was dispatched to deal with diesel fuel on the roadway.
Just seven minutes after the truck went down the embankment and caught fire, one vehicle rear-ended another in the area of the nearby Lititz Pike exit, police said.
Then, at 7:18 a.m., a rear-end crash at the Route 283 exit led to a chain reaction that involved four vehicles, all of which had to be towed from the scene.
No one was injured in the two rear-end crashes, police said.
Staff writer Chad Umble contributed to this report.