Five Injured in Chain-Reaction Crash on Route 663 in Richland Twp, PA
Richland Township, PA — August 24, 2022, several people were injured in a seven-vehicle chain-reaction crash along Route 663 in Bucks County.
Reports say the incident happened around 1:00 p.m. in the area of Route 663 and Portzer Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a tractor-trailer failed to reduce speed when approached a stopped line of traffic. The big rig plowed into the back of the column, triggering a series of rear-end collisions.
Five people suffered unspecified injuries in the wreck.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Chain-Reaction Crash on Rt 663 in Richland Twp
Frankly speaking, a truck most often plows into slowed or stopped traffic because its driver did something wrong. That doesn't have to be the case in the Pennsylvania wreck, of course, and it's still important to consider whether anything else (like hazardous roads or a mechanical failure in the truck) was responsible for it not stopping. Not only must less-common factors be accounted for to find the truth, but ruling them out is important to ensuring the trucking company can't use them as excuses for why they shouldn't have to help the injured victims.
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