2 Tractor-Trailers Collide, Close Route 1 Bypass in Chester County

Two big rigs collided and spilled fuel early Monday morning leaving an important Chester County roadway closed for hours.

The wreck closed the northbound U.S. Route 1 Bypass between routes 796 and 841 in West Grove, Pennsylvania, around 4:20 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police said. 

Both truck drivers were hospitalized with undisclosed injuries, police said.

One truck wound up jackknifed on its side in the roadway, state police said. The other truck driver was unable to stop in time and crashed into the other truck.

The cab of the second tractor-trailer had significant front-end damage, trapping the driver until crews were able to free him, police said.

There also appeared to be some sort of large rolls that fell out of one of the trucks, some winding up on the grass median.

Responding crews put down a substance to soak up fuel on the highway.

By 7:30 a.m., the normal 2-minute drive time ballooned to 41 minutes, according to Waze.

One lane was reopened before 11 a.m., state police said. Troopers warned that it would take hours longer to cleanup the remaining scene.

Baltimore Pike was used as an alternate route during the closure.

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