STRONG - A News-Item reporter was injured when his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Routes 61 and 54 at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday.

Rob Wheary, 42, of Coal Township, was on his way to report on a hearing at Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones' court in Mount Carmel when his Ford Fusion collided with a J.B. Hunt tractor-trailer.

Mount Carmel Township police had not issued a report by press time Thursday to detail how the crash may have occurred.

The front of Wheary's white Ford Fusion, which was traveling east on Route 61, was heavily damaged by the collision with the tractor-trailer, which was traveling north on Route 54.

Wheary was transported to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he received more than 30 stitches to his forehead for a gash caused by his glasses when his face hit the steering wheel. He had another five or six stitches on his nose, which was broken. His steering wheel airbag did not deploy.

Wheary was treated and released from Geisinger Thursday evening.

The tractor-trailer left a trail of oil or hydraulic fluid while it continued through the intersection before the driver pulled it to the side of road. Skid marks believed to be from the tractor-trailer were seen before and through the intersection.

The driver, whose name was not available, was shaken, but uninjured.

The accident tied up traffic for some time in and around the busy Strong Connector intersection.