Two Injured in School Bus, Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-78 in Upper Macungie Township, PA
Upper Macungie Township, PA -- January 20, 2023, two people were injured following an accident where a school bus hit a tractor-trailer.
Initial details about the crash say that it happened at around 9:00 a.m. along westbound lanes of I-78 in the area of Route 100.
Currently, officials believe that the school bus was privately owned and not carrying kids at the time. The driver of the bus was allegedly impaired and crashed into the back of a tandem tractor-trailer stopped along the shoulder. Authorities say that the truck was parked illegally and that the driver was asleep in the semi.
It appears both drivers were taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries. Details about potential charges are unclear at this time.
Frankly, this is about as chaotic as a crash can get. A school bus hits a tractor-trailer, but it's not actually being used as a school bus. The tractor-trailer driver was said to be sleeping along the shoulder, which is absolutely unacceptable and even illegal, at least according to authorities. But the bus driver may have been driving while under the influence.
Needless to say, this is not your average fender bender. I generally have concerns following any serious wreck that a given police department won't prioritize the accident reconstruction, and something important will slip through the cracks. I can only imagine the level of dedication, skill, and equipment it's going to take to ensure nothing goes overlooked in all of this chaos.