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Semi rollover closes I-99

Driver treated for minor injuries

A truck driver was treated for minor injuries Saturday after his semi-truck crashed near Allegheny Township, closing I-99 for several hours, state police reported.

The truck was traveling south on I-99 about 7:30 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway, traveling onto the west berm, police reported. The driver was unable to steer the truck back onto the road before it struck a guardrail and rolled over onto its passenger side, according to a news release.

Firefighters extracted the driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, and he was transported to UPMC Altoona, police reported.

As a result of the accident, I-99’s southbound lane was closed between the Plank Road and Route 22 exits while crews cleared the wreckage from the roadway.

The driver was charged for driving on roadways laned for traffic, a traffic violation pertaining to how the driver maintains his lanes of travel.

“That is a catch-all for Pennsylvania traffic violations that involve a vehicle that wrecked after leaving a designated lane,” state police spokesperson Trooper Chris Fox said. “Rather than issuing a careless driving ticket, which takes points off your license, this ticket acknowledges the driver was at fault without imposing a heavy penalty.”

Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 814-946-7458.

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