STROUDSBURG, PA. — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation closed both westbound lanes on the I-80 on Tuesday, Oct. 16, after a semi truck driver caused a crash involving two other tractor-trailers on the Interstate 80.
The accident occurred at 11:23 a.m. at mile-marker 304.8 in Stroud Township that backed up traffic on the highway and connecting roads for hours. The Stroud Township Volunteer Fire Department diverted traffic off I-80 west at Exit 305.
Pennsylvania State police said the driver of the big rig will be cited with numerous summary traffic violations.
Pocono Record reports:
An Acura TL, driven by Susan Arnst, 56, of East Stroudsburg, was hit by debris from the overturning tractor-trailer. Another tractor-trailer, a 1998 Freightliner driven by Gary Bailey of Independence, Mo., was hit by Chavez’s trailer.
A third tractor-trailer, a 1996 Freightliner driven by William Cowan, 62, of Bordman, Ohio, swerved off the road into a grassy area, damaging its undercarriage.
No injuries were reported, but all vehicles involved suffered minor to major damage.
Linda Schlier, owner of Schlier’s Towing, said:
“When we got there it was just a little scary, with the trailer having ridden the medium so long. The load was all compressed cardboard boxes, so it was really heavy,” Schlier said. “We used a lot of SpeedyDry because both the tanks were ruptured and their was diesel fuel spilled. Thank God it didn’t kill anybody, because that was a bad wreck.”
The incident reamins under investigation at this time.
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