Three Killed in Van/Truck Accident on I-80E in Kidder Township, PA
Kidder Township, PA— July 11, 2022, three people died in a collision between a van and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 80 East in Carbon County.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:45 a.m. on I-80 East at mile marker 276, near the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a passenger van and a commercial tractor-trailer collided in the area. Images of the scene show both vehicles left the roadway after the impact and came to rest in a nearby wooded area.
The truck's 34-year-old driver and two people in the van ages 73 and 36 died in the collision. An unknown number of survivors were taken to an area hospital.
The incident remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-80E in Kidder Township
There isn't a lot of clear information yet about how exactly this tragic crash happened or what caused it. Since so many details are still missing, I hope no one tries to fill in the blanks for themselves.
To learn more about the wreck police still need to look into many of its potential factors: Possible driver mistakes like distraction, speeding, or impairment, problems or defects in the vehicles, road conditions and design, visibility, lighting and sightlines, inclement weather, other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have influenced or even caused the crash.
There are still too many variables to consider for anyone to say what happened yet. That's why as more dots are connected, making assumptions about the picture they'll form isn't a good idea. I've seen too many folks rush to judgment after reading a few sentences in the news only to completely change their minds after more information came to light. The same could happen here, though a "by the book" police investigation may not fully explain things either.
After a major accident--particularly one involving a commercial truck--I generally suggest an independent investigation to better ensure the whole truth is found. Whatever is learned, those affected deserve to know that every effort was made to bring them all the available answers. Any other actions beyond simply learning the truth would depend on what that turns out to be.