State Police officials say the Thursday morning closings of Route 322 and Patchel Run Road in Sugarcreek Borough were the result of a crash between a tractor-trailer and a minivan after which some 23 tons of cracked corn and more than twenty gallons of diesel fuel needed to be removed from the roadways.
The crash occurred shortly before 2:30 AM on State Route 322 near the intersection with Patchel Run Road. Route 322 was closed until mid-morning, and Patchel Run Road did not reopen until early Thursday afternoon.
Investigating state troopers say the accident occurred when a minivan, operated by a man identified as Joshua Harman, left Route 322, traveled back onto the highway, and struck a tractor-trailer loaded with corn. The corn hauler rolled onto its side and spilled its load. In addition, a diesel fuel leak was created in one of the rig’s saddle fuel reservoirs.
Harmon was transported to an Erie hospital. The tractor-trailer driver, identified as Arthur Tarleton, was treated for more minor injuries at UPMC Northwest in Cranberry.
The State Police say charges are pending against Harman.