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Crews respond to tractor-trailer in Susquehanna River

Hazmat crews responded to a portion of the Susquehanna River near Route 22/322 in Dauphin County after a tractor-trailer crashed into the waterway.

DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. — Crews responded to a portion of the Susquehanna River after a tractor-trailer reportedly crashed into the water.

According to officials, the Dauphin County Hazmat team assisted crews with a milk trailer that entered the Susquehanna River near Route 322 in Dauphin County.

PennDOT said that around 9:50 a.m. on Sept. 13, they received a report of a tractor-trailer hauling milk entering the river and splitting open, spilling milk downstream near mile marker 236.8 on Route 22/322.

As a result of the crash, the driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

There were expected delays on Route 322 Eastbound due to the ongoing incident. At 1:40 p.m., PennDOT announced the roadway was completely re-opened after the truck was removed.

Local residents say they are shocked and confused about how the tanker ended up in the river.

"That’s nuts how he went over the embankment like that," said Deron Crow of Grantville, Dauphin County who was driving in the area. "I’ve never really had any problems with worrying about any dangers going through there. So, what happened to cause it to go over, I mean, I don’t know."

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the milk has moved downstream and no diesel or other contamination was released from the tanker. All affected public water supplies have also been notified.

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