By Alex Bridges — [email protected]

WINCHESTER — A tractor-trailer hauling beer crashed early Monday in northern Frederick County sending the two people inside to a hospital.

The truck traveling on U.S. 522 ran off the highway near Sleepy Creek Road and the West Virginia line and crashed in a ditch at about 12:45 a.m., according to Sgt. F.L. Tyler, of the Virginia State Police. The collision caused the tractor-trailer to dump its cargo of beer.

Rescue workers responded and took a male and a female from the tractor-trailer to Winchester Medical Center for treatment. Tyler said later Monday morning that he had no information on the identities of the two people taken to the hospital, the extent of their injuries or the possible cause of the crash. He did not say which person was operating the tractor-trailer or if either was wearing a seat belt.

Police closed both lanes of U.S. 522 at the scene. A crew with the agency’s Motor Carrier Safety Team and the Virginia Department of Transportation worked to clear the crash scene, Tyler said. Workers opened one lane of U.S. 522 at about 3:25 a.m., then both cleared by 6 a.m.

Trooper R.D. Riggs is investigating the crash, according to Tyler.