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Semi Truck Driver Causes Multiple Truck Accident on I-80 in Stroudsburg Pennsylvania

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.

A semi truck tipped over on the westbound I-80 in Stroudsburg, PA on October 16, 2012 after it overturned while going into a curve. The big rig also hit another tractor trailer and then crashed onto the concrete barrier.

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.

Map showing location of tractor trailer accident in Stroudsburg, PA on the westbound I-80 near the Main Street Exit (Exit 305) on October 16, 2012.

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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