One Injured in Truck Accident on Route 66 in Salem Township, PA
Salem Township, PA -- September 22, 2022, one person was injured following an accident where a vehicle and an 18-wheeler crashed on Rt. 66.
Westmoreland County officials said that the accident happened at around 3:30 p.m. along Route 66 near Daisy Lane.
Initial details indicated that a car and a propane truck were traveling along the highway when they somehow collided. Officials did not specify what caused the crash.
Reporters mentioned that the car was "traveling down Route 66," and photos appear to show the tanker trailer at an angle across both directions of the highway.
As a result of the crash, one person from the car was flown to a hospital. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on Route 66 in Salem Township
Just to be clear, I don't know any facts beyond what is publicly available. So when I talk about possibilities here, understand I'm drawing from 30 years of experience looking into similar commercial truck wrecks. I've found it's an effective way to shed light on crucial areas of the law folks often have questions about.
With that in mind, footage of the crash scene raises some familiar red flags which warrant further consideration. Particularly, the truck's angle in news footage seems to suggest it may have been making a left turn onto the highway when the crash occurred. Since it appears the victim's vehicle was already on the highway, does this mean the truck driver failed to yield? If so, does that mean this is open-and-shut? Well, probably not.
Even if police were to come out and say this truck driver was watching YouTube videos on his phone and went through a stop sign, for example, that wouldn't guarantee anything. At the end of the day, families still must tell their side of the story such that it anticipates and overcomes whatever blame-shifting the trucking company inevitably pulls. That means having clear evidence and unique legal strategies to anticipate those roadblocks and get folks the help they deserve.
Again, just to reemphasize this, I can't say who or what caused this crash. But when left solely in the hands of authorities, important details tend to slip through the cracks. Folks are typically better off taking independent steps to ensure experienced professionals handle things and truly get to the bottom of what led to the crash and who's responsible.