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DUI charge in crash that closed I-95 southbound

A motorist has been charged with DUI for allegedly causing a tractor-trailer to run off I-95 in lower Bucks County early Wednesday, closing the highways's southbound lanes and snarling the morning rush hour.

The truck driver, identified as Brandon Ballard, 32, of Philadelphia suffered unspecified major injuries in the crash south of Woodhaven Avenue in Bensalem, according to state police.

Nicholas Harris, 24, of Wilmington, was arrested and charged with DUI, state police said.

Troopers gave this account.

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  • Around 4:15 a.m., Harris, behind the wheel of a 2002 Honda Odyssey, stopped partially in the right lane and the shoulder on the southbound side of the interstate. Ballard swerved to avoid hitting the Odyssey, but sideswiped the silver mini van and ran off the highway into a ditch, flipping the tractor-trailer on its side.

    Rescue crews worked for about an hour before freeing Ballard from the rig.

    The crash closed the southbound lanes completely from about 7 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. for the first phase of the cleanup and again for an hour until 1:25 p.m., when two lanes reopened.

    The accident caused massive backups in Northeast Philadelphia during the rush hour as motorists sought alternate routes.


      - Joseph A. Gambardello

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