Woman Injured in Bucket Truck Hit-and-run Accident on Route 30 in Ligonier, PA
Ligonier, PA -- December 7, 2022, a woman was injured after an accident where a bucket truck hit her vehicle, then left the scene.
Investigators said that the accident happened at around noon along Route 30 near the intersection of Highway 259.
It appears that an unidentified 76-year-old woman was in a Nissan SUV traveling along Route 30 when a bucket truck hit the SUV and forced it off-road, police say. That truck then left the scene, turning onto Two Mile Run.
The woman as taken to a hospital with "traumatic" injuries. Police described the truck as a white truck possibly with black lettering. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Bucket Truck Hit-and-run Accident in Ligonier
It's infuriating enough when someone leaves the scene of an accident, but it's only more concerning that person is behind the wheel of a multi-ton commercial truck. It seems pretty damn unlikely the truck driver didn't know there was a collision, which is why it's absolutely vital the community does what it can to come forward with any information that could be helpful. This is for two main reasons.
One, clearly, is that a truck driver leaving the scene of an accident should face the appropriate consequences. Getting folks the help they need is always important, but those same people get a lot out of simply seeing consequences for those that harmed them.
Secondly, incidents like these sometimes involve companies who themselves need to be held accountable. A truck leaving the scene can show up to their employer with damage. If the employers don't take the time or effort to find out what happened, or--worse--if they actively try to hide what happened, that's a company that could cause harm to others in the future. Why should they be allowed to get off scot-free?
Ultimately, a resolution is going to take cooperation from authorities, locals, witnesses, nearby businesses, and perhaps independent investigators to connect the dots and ensure those involved here are brought to answer for this woman's injuries.