Truck Driver Killed in 18-Wheeler Crash on I-81 near East Pennsboro Twp, PA
Pennsboro Twp, PA — June 1, 2022, a truck driver died in a collision with an illegally-parked 18-wheeler on Interstate 81 near East Pennsboro Township.
According to news reports the incident happened around 4:30 a.m. on southbound I-81 near mile marker 64.5. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was traveling south on the freeway she he approached a curve in the road and allegedly failed to negotiate it. The big rig then hit another truck parked along the roadway.
After the impact the striking truck lost control and hit a light pole, then overturned and skidded to a stop in the road. The parked truck slid off the road onto the shoulder.
The driver of the southbound truck was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the parked truck was not hurt.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-81 near Pennsboro Twp
While I can't draw any major conclusions off preliminary reports with few details, but I do see that police believe both truck drivers involved seem to have made errors. The striking driver was said to have incorrectly gone through a curve, while obviously the other planting a 40-ton obstacle in the road by illegally parking is a serious problem itself.
Hopefully further careful investigation can make more sense of what happened here, because as things stand it makes for a pretty sticky situation in terms of identifying fault. Any crash with a commercial truck is pretty complicated due to trucking companies' longstanding habit of denying liability, but when two of them crash into each other and both sides have at least some kind of argument for why the other's at fault it becomes a lengthy and high-stakes game of "hot potato" between the companies. Meanwhile injured victims and their families are stuck in limbo waiting to see who's going to help them.
Many people also believe a driver's only recourse is workers' compensation after these accidents so they don't gather evidence or take action on their own behalf. The victim's family may get some help from that program, but on principle the parties really responsible for the damage should be held properly accountable.
A company with a million-dollar truck insurance policy has a lot to lose and will fight like hell to keep it--as will their insurers, who are heavily invested in finding reasons not to honor the policy. That's just as true when trucks hit each other as it is when they hit anyone else, which is why it's important to investigate these incidents carefully and learn all the facts. Experienced professionals should look into the wreck so the victim's family stands the best chance of getting answers and help.