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Fatality and injuries in truck accident on Pennsylvania turnpike

Even in the worst of conditions, commercial trucks hit Pennsylvania roadways in large numbers as they deliver goods across the country. These trucks serve a valuable purpose for Pennsylvania residents -- who may not otherwise have access to cheap consumer goods, food, gas and other essentials.

However, these trucks -- while sometimes helpful -- also pose a significant threat to Pennsylvania residents. With their massive size, a simple mistake can be deadly for other drivers. When truck drivers are distracted, driving with too little sleep, are speeding or otherwise negligent, serious truck accidents are likely to occur.

Recently, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a tractor trailer caused a deadly accident. According to reports, the accident occurred around 11:00 p.m. when a semi-truck driver lost control over the vehicle and slammed into a barrier that had been dividing the highway. The barrier did not contain the large truck, instead it ended up colliding with three other tractor trailers and a car that had been traveling on the opposite side of the highway.

As a result of these impacts, at least one person in one of the trucks died. Reports also claim that at least one person was injured as a result of this truck accident. Following the tractor trailer accident, investigators closed the turnpike in order to try and determine exactly how the accident occurred while crews cleaned up the wreckage.

Icy conditions are being examined as one possible cause of this accident. However, other avenues should also be explored. Those injured or the families of those killed in truck accidents should ensure that the investigation also includes a look at the truck's log to determine if trucking regulations had been followed prior to the accident. In some cases negligent truck drivers or negligent truck maintenance on behalf of the truck company may be to blame for causing the devastation.

Source: WBTW, "Part of PA turnpike closes down after fatal accident with several tractor trailers," Feb. 5, 2014

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