Car Accidents

Fatal I-81 truck accident kills 2 Pennsylvania men

Truck collisions involving passenger vehicles on highways are a growing problem that often results in serious injuries or even death. That was the case in an accident that occurred July 24 on Interstate 81 North in Pennsylvania at the 178A – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport exit. Both men in a minivan struck by a tractor trailer died in that truck accident.

According to reports, the Pennsylvania men were cousins. The driver was 58, and his passenger was 52. They were killed when the north bound 62-year-old truck driver struck the rear of the minivan, which was stopped on the highway. The force of the collision caused both vehicles to end up in the grassy median between the interstate traffic lanes. Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol said the crash happened at about 2:30 a.m. It tied-up traffic for over six hours by closing the lanes between Exit 178A – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (in Dupont) and Exit 180 – US 15/To PA 502 (in Moosic) until authorities were finally able to clear the accident scene.

There was no immediate word on the condition of the truck driver. However, they said he was wearing a seat belt. State police were also investigating why the minivan was stopped in the middle of the highway.

Serious truck accidents leave those who are injured, or surviving family members of those killed, with many questions. Although each accident is unique, a personal injury lawyer might be able to help determine what caused the accident. Common causes include distracted driving, sleepy or intoxicated drivers, reckless driving, faulty truck parts or maintenance and road conditions. An accident lawyer might also be able to help obtain compensation for such things as medical bills or lost wages.

Source:, “Sugarloaf truck driver involved in deadly I-81 crash,” Joseph Kohut, July 24, 2013