Dover, PA — A fatal accident between a car and a flatbed semi-truck left a local man dead on Tuesday afternoon (June 18, 2013) on the far west side of Manchester Township. Authorities identified 23-year old Shane Dorsey as the deceased driver of a car who was hit by a semi-truck at about 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday.
The accident happened on South Salem Church Road, but the details are still being sorted out by police officers. The cause of the accident was not officially determined, but some sources have alleged that Dorsey’s vehicle may have swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with the semi-truck in a head-on wreck.
The semi-truck’s driver was not named, but police said that he did not suffer any serious injuries in the accident. The semi-truck was hauling roofing tiles. Police said that an investigation is currently ongoing and that rainy weather may have been a factor. One witness reported seeing the semi-truck driver on his phone, but it wasn’t clear if he had been on his phone when the accident occurred or afterwards.
Scene of the Accident
I think that the details need to be ironed out before any conclusions are drawn, but the presence of the truck driver’s cell phone is unsettling. This is grounds for including the truck driver in the investigation, I think, and it would be helpful to know if the phone was being used when the collision actually occurred. Granted, the other driver may still bear the majority of the liability in this matter, but could the truck driver have perhaps lessened the severity of the accident if he hadn’t been on his phone and was able to take evasive action? These are just speculations, of course, and I think that the most appropriate thing to do is to launch an in-depth investigation into this accident. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim.
– Grossman Law Offices