One Killed, One Injured in Multi-Truck Crash on I-476 in Radnor Township, PA
Radnor Township, PA — August 12, 2022, one person died in a collision between three tractor-trailers on Interstate 476 in Delaware County.
Reports say the incident happened around 5:00 p.m. on southbound I-476. Preliminary investigation suggests a big rig traveling in the right lane suddenly switched lanes as it approached slow-moving traffic. While merging the big rig it the trailer of another 18-wheeler, causing the struck truck to spin out and overturn on its driver's side.
After the initial impact the first big rig continued across the left lane and shoulder of the southbound road, crashed through the guardrail into the median, then entered the northbound lanes of the highway. After driving into oncoming traffic it crashed with a northbound 18-wheeler in the right lane.
Finally the wrong-way truck crashed through the far-side guardrail and hit a concrete barrier, then came to rest with its trailer blocking the northbound lanes. The northbound struck big rig also crashed through the guardrail.
The drivers of the trucks that crashed on the northbound highway were both transported to an area hospital, where one of them died later that night. The southbound truck driver's condition is unknown.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-476 in Radnor Township
Altogether this sounds like it'll be a pretty chaotic scene for police to unravel. Why did the first truck not simply slow when approaching traffic? Did that driver just make a mistake, or was something wrong with the big rig? How fast was it traveling? What about the "slow-moving" traffic ahead? Were there any issues with visibility or road conditions in that area?
The point isn't to get lost in a pile of details, but every variable should be accounted for in a crash this messy (and even in those much less so). Knowing exactly what happened but also how and why it went that way is crucial--especially in multi-truck wrecks, considering how likely it is that fault will turn into an extended round of "hot potato" between the companies behind those drivers.
Some may not see how there's much room for dispute about fault considering one truck reportedly crashed through the whole highway, but I urge people who call the firm not to take anything for granted. Trucking defense attorneys are highly inventive when it comes to getting their clients off the hot-seat, so with fingers pointing every which way the people hurt by this wreck shouldn't expect a quick resolution. Moreover, the companies will only send investigators to find what they need to help themselves without accounting too much for how to help their injured employees.
I'm not saying it's impossible to seek help after a multi-truck accident like this. It just takes more effort and planning than people might assume at the outset. The Pennsylvania victims and their families may be best served by getting help from independent investigators instead of waiting on the trucking companies or police to come through for them.