Firefighters rescued a man from his pickup truck Wednesday afternoon after it crashed through the guardrail along Route 61 and rolled down a rocky embankment just north of Snyder Road in Ontelaunee Township.

The one-vehicle crash happened about 2:45 p.m. Rescue crews had to access the vehicle, which was resting on the driver's side at the bottom of the embankment, from the backyard of a home in the 100 block of Berkley Road, Northern Berks Regional police Officer Shea Nolan said.

The driver was conscious and alert — standing up and reaching his arms out of the passenger side — when police and firefighters arrived to secure the vehicle and help him out, Nolan said.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Reading Hospital.

Nolan didn’t release the driver’s name.

He gave this account:

The driver lost control of his truck while northbound on Route 61. It veered off the right shoulder and hit a guide rail. The truck returned to the road, but the driver over-steered, causing the vehicle to ride over the raised center median and the southbound lanes before barreling through the guide rail on that side and going down the embankment.

Muhlenberg Township Fire & Rescue helped crews from the Leesport and Shoemakersville fire companies in the rescue operation.

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