Manheim Township – An accident claimed two lives: that of a father and his 2-year-old son. They were killed in a two-vehicle wreck which occurred on Route 222 in Manheim Township Monday night, officials reported today.

According to Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni, the father was identified as Joshua Allen West, age 40 and a resident of Denver. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner James Lingg.

Diamantoni said after an autopsy today that West died from multiple traumatic injuries. While West’s 2-year-old son also died after the wreck, the Dauphin County Coroner’s Office confirmed today. However the name and details of the 2-year old fatality were not immediately available.

Joshua West’s wife, Katie, 37, and the couple’s 4-year-old daughter were also involved in the mishap. They were immediately transported to the hospital after the crash. Katie West was listed in critical condition at Lancaster General Hospital this afternoon. No detail about the daughter’s condition was made available.

Police said that shortly before 7 o’clock in the evening at the northbound lanes of Route 222 of the Landis Valley Road overpass, the family vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer. The impact caused the car to flip onto its roof.

The operator of the truck, identified as Mawuyrayrassuna E. Noviho, age 21 and resident of Newport News, Va., sustained minor injuries, police said.

When officials reached the scene, they found three occupants outside the vehicle and one still trapped inside, according to radio transmissions.

A fire official initially called two medical helicopters the request was recalled when officials determined ground transport would be faster.

The mishap caused the northbound Route 222 to be closed including Route 30 interchange to the Oregon Pike exit to prevent traffic backups on Oregon and New Holland pikes.

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