Overturned logging truck halts Route 164 traffic

EAST FREEDOM – A truck laden with logs flipped over a guardrail in Freedom Township on Tuesday, plunging its cargo into a valley and forcing authorities to close a 1-mile stretch of road for hours.

Police reported no injuries in the 10:45 a.m. crash, which took place on a curving downhill slope along Johnstown Road, a portion of Route 164.

A PennDOT work crew installing a pipe nearby watched as the tractor-trailer hit the guardrail, then backed up as the driver worked to reposition himself, police and witnesses said. The shoulder gave way, dropping the truck off the road but leaving the driver uninjured.

The driver declined to comment Tuesday afternoon. He stood by as tow trucks pulled the tractor-trailer upright and firefighters threw an oil-soaking compound onto the road.

By 1 p.m., a tow truck had departed with the tractor unit – despite complaints from a man, identified as the truck’s owner, to Blair and Freedom Township police officers – and workers partially reopened the road.

The guardrail and shoulder will require repairs, the PennDOT workers said.

No citations were issued in the crash as of Monday afternoon, police said.