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Tractor-trailer loses control, lost cargo injures 5 in mini-van

When it comes to commercial trucks, they could be carrying just about any type of load you can imaging. Fossil fuels, food, animals, rocks and even construction equipment get hauled by truckers across the state and across the country every single day. Since these loads can be hazardous, truck drivers, companies and the third-parties being hauled by the company are required to be extra cautious. While it's possible care was taken, a tractor-trailer lost control in a neighboring town to Berks and it injured 5 in a family vehicle.

It happened on Pennsylvania's Route 61 in Ontelaunee township. A preliminary investigation reveals that the tractor-trailer traveling south went through the Blue Mountain & Reading railroad bridge overhead. It was then that the forklift he was hauling was knocked out of position. This caused a family in the opposing lane to be stuck by the cargo when it left the safety of the commercial truck.

Luckily no-one was killed, but it is unclear what would cause the cargo the truck driver was hauling to be disturbed by a stationary object like a bridge. The piece of equipment should have been properly positioned and secured prior to transport by the truck company. If this is the case, it's possible the truck driver could have lost control, thereby truck driver error could be the cause the haul was disturbed. An investigation is on-going but 5 family members in the mini-van had to be treated at a hospital.

This truck accident could have potentially been disastrous. A piece of a equipment as large as a fork lift leaving the confines of the commercial truck bed is very dangerous, it could have easily crushed a vehicle. These sudden type of accidents with objects entering the roadway could easily cause other vehicles to lose control and thereby causing further car accidents. A full investigation can help to determine the true cause or causes of this crash.

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