Trucks Collide in 3rd Deadly Crash on I-78 in Berks County This Week

A box truck struck the back of a tractor-trailer along the westbound lanes of Interstate 78 in Tilden Township, Berks County, Friday morning

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What to Know

  • Since Tuesday, at least six people have died in three crashes along a stretch of Interstate 78 in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
  • Friday morning's deadly wreck involved a box truck and tractor-trailer. A passenger in the box truck died.
  • One of Tuesday night's crashes involved a school bus, the other a truck, Pennsylvania State Police said.

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For the third time this week, a deadly crash caused traffic troubles along Interstate 78 in Berks County.

An Enterprise box truck crashed into the rear of a parked tractor-trailer along the westbound lanes at milepost 29.3 at the Route 61 on ramp in Tilden Township around 6 a.m. Friday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The truck had "the 4 ways activated on the on ramp from SR 61 southbound to I 78 westbound" when the box truck, which was going along I-78, slammed into the back of the trailer, state police said.

The passenger of the box truck died at the scene, police said. The driver -- a 44-year-old Connecticut man -- was hospitalized after being moderately hurt. The big rig driver -- a 42-year-old man from California -- wasn't injured.

One lane slowly got by the crash scene as police continued to investigate through the morning rush. The roadway finally reopened around 11 a.m.

In the past four days, at least six people have died in crashes on I-78 in Berks County.

The Friday wreck happened about 2 miles from where the first of Tuesday night's two deadly crashes took place in the eastbound lanes. The Tuesday night crashes -- one involving a school bus and the other a truck -- left at least five people dead, police said.

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