Deadly crash closes Route 322 East near Newport - abc27 WHTM

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Deadly crash closes Route 322 East near Newport

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A deadly tractor-trailer crash closed Route 322 eastbound near the Newport Exit for about 11 hours Tuesday.

Police said the crash happened around 3:30 a.m. when two tractor-trailers collided, killing one person.

One of the trucks was hauling hay, which caught on fire after the crash. Crews had to spread the hay out on the roadway to extinguish the flames.

One lane of the highway reopened after 2 p.m., but the other will remain closed until Wednesday.

PennDOT spokeswoman Fritzi Schreffler said that because of the rainy weather, crews were unable to make repairs to about 100 feet of roadway that was damaged by fire.

Westbound traffic is not affected.

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