EPHRATA, PA — The Ephrata Police Department reports that the Officers were called to U.S. Route 222 South at 12:30 AM this morning, just north of the Ephrata U.S. Route 322 exit, for a reported vehicle on fire in the wooded area along the west side of the southbound lanes.
Authorities state that, apparently, a small Toyota sedan traveling south on U.S. Route 222 left the roadway rolling over several times into the wooded area. The vehicle came to a rest on its roof in a small creek bed where it then caught on fire.
Police arrived to find a vehicle in the tree line along U.S. Route 222 engulfed in flames. Witnesses stated that the driver of the vehicle, identified as Wilkin Valera, a 23-year-old man from Lancaster, was able to crawl from the burning wreckage and only sustained minor injuries.
Pioneer Fire Company was able to extinguish the fire before it spread to the surrounding wooded area. Valera was taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police state that an investigation into the accident cause continues.
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