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Three injured in Berks County tractor-trailer crash on I-78


Everyone knows - or at least should know - that drivers should adjust their driving to drive safely in adverse weather conditions. This is true for the drivers of cars, and it is especially true for truck drivers, who have a greater responsibility due to the greater size and mass of their vehicles. Most truck drivers are very aware of this and exercise safe driving during winter weather events. Negligence and accidents still happen, however, as a recent trucking accident in Berks County may illustrate.

A six-vehicle accident shut down 12 miles of the westbound lanes of Interstate 78 the late morning of January 17. According to police, the area was experiencing whiteout conditions due to a winter storm at the time. Police said that the adverse conditions resulted in traffic slowing, but a tractor-trailer was unable to stop to avoid crashing into other vehicles.

Police said that the tractor-trailer rear-ended multiple other vehicles, overturning a sport utility vehicle and crashing into other tractor-trailers. Three people were injured in the tractor-trailer crash. The stretch of I-78 remained closed until mid-afternoon. Five of the six involved vehicles had to be towed from the scene, according to police.

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police offered some tips for driving in winter weather. He recommended that drivers leave plenty of room in front of them. He recommended checking rear- and side-view mirrors often, and he recommended always having a clear path to the shoulder, if possible, to avoid problems on the road. These are wise words of advice for passenger car and truck drivers alike.

Source: 69 News, "Whiteout on I-78: Truck barrels through stopped traffic," Jan. 18, 2018

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