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Fiery chain reaction collision on I-81 in Pa. kills two

Anyone who has driven on Interstate highways in Pennsylvania has encountered a great number of fast-moving semi-trailer trucks. Occasionally, the drivers of these "big rigs" cannot able to control their vehicles, and the result can be a catastrophic truck crash. This unhappy scenario played out on May 25, 2017 on I-81 near the Frackville exit.

Traffic was slowing as it approached a construction zone on the highway. The driver of an International tractor-trailer failed to reduce his speed and crashed into the back end of a Nissan Rogue SUV. Both vehicles became instantly engulfed in flames. The Nissan was then pushed into the rear of a Dodge RAM pickup, and this truck then collided with the rear portion of another tractor-trailer.

The fire completely destroyed the Nissan Rogue, and the two people in the vehicle were burned beyond recognition and pronounced dead at the scene. The intensity of the fire necessitated nearby communities to send additional water tankers to the accident scene. The driver of the Dodge pickup was flown by helicopter to a nearby trauma center. Neither of the big rig drivers was injured. According to police, an accident reconstruction team from the Forensic Services Unit at Troop L in Reading was on the scene. The cause of this accident is not likely to be known for some time. Autopsies are planned for the two men killed in the collision, and police did not say when the accident reconstruction team is likely to finish its work.

Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in an accident involving tractor-trailer trucks may wish to consult one of the experienced accident attorneys at Leisawitz Heller in Reading for an evaluation of the facts and evidence that will determine the outcome of the case. The firm's accident lawyers can also provide an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

Source: Reading Republican Herald, "2 killed in fiery crash on Interstate 81 near Frackville," Frank Andruscavcage, May 25, 2017

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