Several recent tractor-trailer accidents in Pennsylvania have left a number of people with injuries. These tractor-trailer accidents—which occurred in Lower Macungie Township, Bensalem, Berks County, Pittsburgh, Buffalo Township, and Hermitage—likely could have been avoided had it not been for driver inattention.
Four Injured from Semi Truck Crash on I-476
Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania – October 27, 2015
In recent Pennsylvania truck accident news, a big rig with an empty trailer injured four Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission employees in a five-vehicle crash on Interstate 476.
The northbound lanes of the highway’s Northeast Extension remained closed until 1:25 p.m. on Tuesday, approximately an hour and a half after the tractor-trailer accident which occurred around 11:00 a.m. in Lower Macungie Township.
The semi-truck driver hit a traffic attenuator, which is a barrier placed in a construction zone and designed to absorb the impact of a crash. The traffic attenuator was attached to a Turnpike Commission truck at the time of the incident.
The Pennsylvania truck accident caused debris to strike a second turnpike commission vehicle, a Ford F-350, and another tractor-trailer.
According to an article on Lehigh Valley Live, an ambulance took the four workers to a local hospital for treatment. Police said they believe none of the injuries were life-threatening.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the tractor-trailer crash in Lower Macungie Township. State police will determine whether the truck driver will face any charges.
Semi Truck Overturns on Pennsylvania Turnpike
Bensalem, Pennsylvania – October 16, 2015
A tractor-trailer overturned on the westbound entrance ramp to the Pennsylvania Turnpike this Friday afternoon. The Bensalem truck accident resulted in one injury.
State police said the crash occurred around 1:40 p.m., causing a long delay for drivers trying to get on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Traffic stretched back to the Delaware River Bridge. A detour took motorists off the Turnpike and back on at the Willow Grove Interchange.
Information from a Philly.com article indicated that four other vehicles were involved in the truck accident. State police had no further details on Friday afternoon.
Emergency crews took one unidentified person to Temple University Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
Police are still investigating the truck accident.
Pennsylvania Truck Accident on I-78 Injures Three Semi Truck Drivers
Berks County, Pennsylvania – September 29, 2015
A four-vehicle pileup involving four tractor-trailers in Berks County temporarily shut down the westbound lanes on Interstate 78 between Route 183 and Shartlesville. The crash occurred on Tuesday afternoon at around 12:15 p.m. and left one man severely injured.
The victim, Vance P. Davidson, stopped his semi-truck in a construction zone where traffic was merging into another lane when his vehicle was rear-ended by another tractor-trailer driven by Mariusz Gornecki. The impact caused a chain reaction, pushing Davidson’s vehicle into another semi-truck that struck the fourth tractor-trailer.
Davidson’s semi-truck and the one that crashed into it burst into flames. Davidson and Gornecki were both taken to Reading Hospital with serious and minor injuries respectively.
The driver of the third big rig, Anyon J. White, also had a minor injury. Ashenafi. N. Zemedkun, the fourth driver in the Pennsylvania truck accident, had no reported injuries.
According to an article from The Morning Call, police cited Gornecki for driving at an excessive speed in a construction zone.
The chain reaction crash trapped many other motorists traveling on the westbound lanes on I-78. One woman said it took her four hours to travel 6 miles from Hamburg to the Shartlesville exit after the fiery Pennsylvania truck accident.
Semi Truck Struck Man on Pittsburgh Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – September 15, 2015
In other Pennsylvania truck accident news, a semi-truck struck a pedestrian Tuesday afternoon before rush hour traffic on the Parkway East near the Grant Street exit.
Police reported a half-dressed man came out of a wooded area and ran onto the road. The Pittsburgh accident occurred shortly after 2 p.m.
Emergency crews transported the unidentified man to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. An article on WPXI.com stated he was in critical condition and receiving treatment for life-threatening injuries.
Robin Mungo, a State Police Trooper who reported to the scene, said they did not know why the man ran onto the street or where he was going. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Overturned Tractor Trailer on I-70 Causes Chain Reaction Crash
Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania – September 10, 2015
An early morning truck accident in Buffalo Township injured four people on Thursday. Multiple vehicles were involved in the crash, which occurred at around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 70.
State police cited a North Carolina tractor-trailer driver Delles Daughenbaugh for driving too fast on the rain-slicked highway. According to law enforcement officials, the tractor-trailer overturned and caused three other cars to crash. Two vehicles struck the semi truck’s trailer after it overturned. Another vehicle was forced off the road in order to avoid a collision.
An article on WTRF 7 News stated all four drivers suffered minor injuries, including Daughenbaugh.
The southwestern Pennsylvania truck accident caused mile-long delays as westbound traffic was detoured from I-70 onto Route 40 from the Chestnut Street exit.
Tanker Truck Accident Caused by a Sip of Soda
Hermitage, Pennsylvania – September 6, 2015
A man driving a tanker truck said he choked on a sip of Dr. Pepper, causing him to crash into a North Hermitage Road car dealership on Sunday.
The Pennsylvania truck accident occurred at 1435 N. Hermitage Road where the tanker truck hauling milk struck several new cars and part of the Montrose Buick-GMC-Cadillac building. Police officers were called to the scene a little before 4:00 p.m.
An article in The Herald stated there were no injuries, but 23 cars were damaged in the tanker truck accident.
The tanker truck, driven by Thomas Young, was traveling northbound in the right lane on North Hermitage Road when it veered left into the southbound lanes near a Walmart. Police said the truck then jumped a curb, sideswiped a utility pole, and drove through 550 feet of grass before dropping down an embankment into the Montrose car lot.
Authorities say it doesn’t appear that Young made any attempt to brake prior to the collision. An inspection revealed no mechanical issues with the tanker truck. Young has been cited for careless driving.