• August 19, 2022

Driver Killed in Fiery 18-Wheeler Accident on I-81N in Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA — August 14, 2022, a 56-year-old Florida man died in a fiery tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 81 North in Harrisburg.

According to reports the incident happened Sunday along I-81 North near Front Street. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was driving an 18-wheeler along the highway when he may have lost control and crashed for unknown reasons. The truck then caught fire in the median by an overpass.

The truck's driver suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Driver Killed in Fiery 18-Wheeler Accident on I-81N in Harrisburg, PA

Commentary on Fiery Truck Accident on I-81N in Harrisburg

Reports only say the big rig ran off the road, but it seems investigators don't have much insight yet into why that happened. Did the driver make a mistake--get distracted at the wheel, say, or accidentally nod off? Did the truck hit a bad patch of road and lose traction? Did a tire blow out? Or did a malfunction or defect in the truck send it off-course?

That's only a handful of possible factors that need careful attention--particularly the idea of a malfunction or defect. Those happen in vehicles far more often than people realize, and 18-wheelers in particular have a number of concerning design flaws that can make a crash jump from bad to worse in no time.

Take for example their "saddle" fuel tanks: Because of their exposed placement at the sides of the truck, there's little between them and the elements and they sometimes rupture far too easily during a wreck. A truck crash is bad enough without becoming a fiery one, yet the majority of big rigs have these time bombs strapped to their sides and that's a big problem. Click the link below to read more.

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