• August 15, 2022

Driver Killed in Fiery Solo Truck Accident on I-81 in Dauphin County, PA

Dauphin County, PA — August 14, 2022, a truck driver died in a fiery single-vehicle accident on Interstate 81 in Dauphin County.

Reports say the incident happened around 2:00 p.m. on northbound I-81 near the Cameron Street overpass. Preliminary investigation suggests only that that big rig was travelign on the roadway when it left the road for yet-unknown reasons. It caught fire after traveling off the road, but investigators didn't find signs that it collided with anything.

The truck's male driver died in the accident.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Driver Killed in Fiery Solo Truck Accident on I-81 in Dauphin County, PA

Commentary on I-81 Truck Accident in Dauphin County

There seems to be some mystery here as to how the truck not only left the road, but also caught fire at all if it didn't hit anything else. Some may think the first question may be answered by some kind of driver mistake like taking their eyes off the road or falling asleep, but it's important not to take anything for granted until more information comes to light.

For instance, one thing police must consider is that malfunctioning or defective parts in the truck could have contributed to the accident. Bad alignment or a blown tire could have sent the rig off the road, and 18-wheeler's "saddle" style gas tanks are unfortunately much too easy to rupture--which could easily spark a fire even if it didn't crash head-on with anything else. Click below to learn more about the fire risks many commercial 18-wheelers run.

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