Anyone with a driver's license in Pennsylvania is expected to operate his or her vehicle safely, which includes paying attention to the road. Unfortunately, there are a number of people who drive while distracted. Whether it is a phone, a music player, another passenger or something else entirely, distractions put drivers and other motorists at risk. It is bad enough when everyday drivers are distracted, but it is even worse when the driver is a professional.
While it is still unclear what caused a serious truck accident in Williams Township, it is very possible that a truck driver was not paying attention to the road as he approached the toll plaza on Interstate 78 West. According to one witness, a tractor-trailer truck smashed into the back of a stopped car at full speed. The car had just finished paying at the toll booth and the truck just decimated the vehicle. Unfortunately, the driver of the car was killed in the crash.
The Pennsylvania State Police troopers are continuing to investigate the accident, including why the trucker did not slow or stop as it approached the toll booth. Though the toll plaza has seen its fair share of accidents, one employee for the Interstate 78 welcome center says that most of the accidents are at slow speeds.
After the collision, the tractor-trailer and car both caught fire.
These kinds of accidents are tragic, especially since truck drivers are supposed to be professional drivers whose job it is to operate their vehicles with others' safety in mind. Fortunately, there are often legal remedies available to those injured in trucking accidents.
Source: The Express-Times, "At least one fatality in fiery tractor-trailer wreck on Interstate 78, police say," Sarah M. Wojcik and Tony Rhodin, Jan. 13, 2014