According to recent media reports, the westbound toll booth on I-78 in Williams Township, Pennsylvania, was the scene of a horrific trailer-truck and car collision that backed up traffic for a few hours all the way up to New Jersey. The accident happened in lane four of the westbound tollbooth when a vehicle stopped to pay the toll. Shortly thereafter, according to reports, a trailer-truck slammed into the rear of that vehicle.
Reports indicate that the force of the impact was so strong that it pushed the wreckage of the car into and past the toll booth until it finally came to a complete stop against an embankment on the other side of the road. An accident investigation is underway, but it’s still unclear what caused the trailer-truck to slam into the car ahead of it. However, eye-witnesses at the scene of the accident stated that they observed the truck driver driving erratically and swerving prior to rear-ending the car in front of it.
Furthermore, the crash resulted in a large fire that took firefighters nearly an hour to put out. Sadly, the driver of the car that was rear-ended was killed as a result of the impact, and a toll booth worker was injured as well. The trucking company whose truck was involved in the accident issued a statement expressing its deepest sympathies to those affected by the accident, but did not comment on the culpability of the driver of the company truck that allegedly caused the accident. Accident investigators are looking over all the video surveillance footage captured by cameras at the toll booth to try to figure out what caused the accident.
The untimely loss of life and serious injuries caused by this tragic truck-car accident is hard to imagine. When a trucking company is involved in an accident any ensuing personal injury lawsuit can get complex. Even though filing a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit may the last thing on the minds of grieving family members or recovering victims, any Philadelphia car accident attorney would likely tell our readers that it is prudent to investigate whether or not negligence was involved.
Source: NBC 10, “Driver Dies When Big Rig, Car Burst Into Flames,” Dan Stamm, Jan. 13, 2014