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Tractor-trailer overturns on I-83

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A truck driver treated at a hospital for minor injuries he received Monday morning when his tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 83 South near the Derry Street exit in Swatara Township, Dauphin County.

The 18-wheeler rolled onto its passenger side in a left curve near mile marker 47 at around 7 a.m. The southbound lanes were shut down for four-and-a-half hours.

The impact caused the trailer to lose two large rolls of aluminum. One of the rolls struck the concrete barrier and damaged it.

The driver was pulled to safety by a passerby, Glenn Hendricks, who was on his way to work when he saw the crash in his rearview mirror.

"He hit the bend and next thing you know I saw his wheels come up and sparks and everything flying off the guardrails," Hendricks said. "He got really big in my review mirror, but he got it stopped behind me."

Hendricks said the driver was stuck inside the wrecked cab.

"I pulled the windshield out and asked him if he could get up and if he was coherent and moving and I helped him out of the cab," he said. "I would want someone to do the same thing for me if I was in an accident, and try and help me. I just reacted."

"He was very concerned about the truck and I told him, 'Look, you are alive. There is nobody underneath the truck. Everybody is alive. Be thankful for that.' "

Investigators have said speed may have been a factor in the crash.

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