The truck driver in a crash that killed a Berks County woman and injured four others on Route 222 Monday has been released from a hospital, according to police.
An injured woman is at Reading Hospital in fair condition, and the other three people are either in stable condition or released from the hospital, according to police.
The crash happened after James H. Cofield, 53, of Florida, failed to slow his tractor-trailer at the beginning of a single lane construction zone between the Denver and Ephrata interchanges and rear-ended a car in front of him, police said.
Charges have not been filed in the case, and state police Trooper James Spencer said the investigation is ongoing.
The tractor-trailer struck a car driven by Evelyn R. Nazario, 57, of Reading, who died after being taken to Lancaster General Hospital.
The tractor-trailer then hit a minivan driven by Heidi A. Witmer, 32, of Conestoga, with her juvenile daughter inside. Witmer was seriously injured, Spencer said. She is at Reading Hospital in fair condition, according to the hospital.
A truck driven by Zachariah Denlinger, 33, of Bethlehem, was also hit by the tractor-trailer. Cofield's juvenile son was with him and was also hospitalized, police said.
Cofield, a driver for Florida-based Sunstate Carriers Inc., had made a stop in Pennsylvania and was on his way to another stop when the crash happened, according to Spencer.
Sunstate Carriers Inc. is a refrigerated truckload carrier, according to its website. Reached by phone Tuesday, a spokesperson from the company declined to comment.
The crash happened at around 8:30 a.m. Route 222 was closed between the Denver and Ephrata interchanges until around 6 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has been working on a bridge rehabilitation project in the area that requires southbound traffic to be reduced to one lane.