By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A serious crash involving a tractor trailer hauling pallets of beer forced the closing of the eastbound Schuylkill Expressway during the pre-dawn hours as crews cleaned up the mess.

The tractor trailer and a car became entangled in an accident on eastbound 76 before 1 a.m., just beyond the University Avenue exit.

The tractor trailer ended up crashing into the center cement median barrier, ripping open a large portion of the left side of the trailer, exposing its cargo – pallets of cans of beer.

One person suffered minor injuries in the crash.

PennDOT closed the highway for some six hours as a second tractor trailer was brought in and the beer was transferred to the other truck.

A tow truck then hooked up and moved the mangled rig.

PennDOT crews inspected the highway and spread sand to absorb oil that had spilled from the damaged truck’s engine.

About 6:50 a.m, the eastbound lanes of the highway were reopened just in time for the heart of the rush hour.

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