Box Truck Flips Onto Center Barrier of Roosevelt Boulevard Expressway, Blocks Traffic for Hours

Box truck crash leaves Route 1 closed in both directions near Ridge Avenue for hours Tuesday

What to Know

  • A box truck crashed onto the barricade dividing the Roosevelt Boulevard Expressway in the East Falls section of Philadelphia Tuesday.
  • The early morning wreck blocked lanes on Route 1 for hours.
  • Four people were hurt, at least one seriously.

A box truck wound up straddling the barrier between the northbound and southbound lanes of the Roosevelt Boulevard Expressway (U.S. Route 1) in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood Tuesday, causing hours of traffic trouble.

The truck was traveling southbound when it collided with at least one car and partially flipped into the northbound lanes just north of Ridge Avenue just before 5 a.m.

Four people were hurt, emergency officials said, including a 28-year-old who was critically injured.

The wreck left fuel spilled on the highway, did damage to the guardrail and closed lanes in both directions for hours. Southbound lanes remained blocked around 11 a.m. as northbound traffic slowly got by. All lanes were open by 1 p.m. but some residual delays could remain, PennDOT said.

In the minutes after the crash, traffic backed up in both directions of Route 1 as drivers were forced off at Ridge Avenue northbound and Broad Street southbound. You couldn’t access Route 1 from the Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76) but could get on at Fox Street.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation Tuesday.

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