CHESTER — Two people were hospitalized Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer's crash resulted in a lumber truck and another truck carrying chicken crates colliding on Interstate 77 in Chester County, officials say.
At about 6:15 a.m., emergency officials responded to two accidents after an 18-wheeler with an empty trailer crashed on the side of the road near mile marker 58, said Eddie Murphy, director of the county's emergency management office.
The first crash was minor and emergency officials were in the process of moving debris and the truck out of the roadway, said Lance Cpl. Billy Elder with the Highway Patrol.
Minutes later, Larry Joe Luke, 31, of Guyton, Ga., hit the back of a International truck driven by Raymond Bocher, 60, of Monroe, N.C., with his flatbed truck.
Bocher had pressed his brakes because of still-slow moving traffic, Elder said.
At least three stacks of lumber spilled onto the highway, halting traffic for about an hour-and-a-half, Murphy said. By 8 a.m., emergency crews started moving the lumber out of the road.
No chickens were in the crates on the third truck, he said.
One of the truck drivers was entrapped for more than an hour, Murphy said, before he was extricated and taken for medical attention.
Luke was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center, Elder said. His condition was not immediately available.
The driver of the first truck in the first crash, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to Chester Regional Medical Center, Murphy said.
No charges have been filed in connection with the second crash, Elder said.