SALLADASBURG - A portion of Route 287 in Mifflin Township was closed for several hours on Mondayafter two tractor-trailers crashed, causing one of them to overturn and leak frack fluid onto the road and into Larrys Creek, according to state police.
The crash occurred around 1 p.m. when a tractor-trailer driven by Jason C. Souder, 29, of Hunlock Creek, was struck in the rear by another tractor-trailer driven by Shawn P. Barnett, 36, of Sterling, at the intersection on Route 287 at Dam Run Road, police said.
Souder was coming to a stop at the intersection when Barnett failed to slow down enough to avoid the trailer in front of him, striking it in the rear and forcing it across the roadway.
The vehicle was pushed through the stop sign and down into the embankment on the opposite side of the road, where it overturned onto its left side, according to police.
State police said the overturned vehicle was leaking frack fluid, which spilled onto the road and an unknown amount made its way into Larry's Creek.
The state Department of Environmental Protection was contacted, but no further information about the spill was available from state police by press time.
Barnett suffered a minor injury; it was unknown if Souder was injured. Both men were transported to Jersey Shore Hospital for treatment of their injuries, police said.
Route 287 was shut down late into the evening in both directions, and traffic was detoured through Routes 220, 15 and 184, according to the state Department of Transportation.