The sound of a tractor trailer crashing into multiple vehicles and houses would bring anyone running to their doors to find out what happened.
As was the case Monday afternoon when a tractor trailer overturned in Springfield Pike, PA, skidding nearly 50 feet before causing some serious damage.
According to state police, the driver (identified as 44-year-old Rodney Crow of Kentucky) was speeding when he failed to make the curve, losing control and crashing into a telephone pole, three parked cars, two homes, and another telephone pole (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/dailycourier/s_771926.html).
Crow was able to be pulled from the tractor within 20 minutes and was transported to the hospital where he is doing fine.
Fortunately, the family of one of the houses that was struck was not home at the time of the accident. The other house, occupying a family of five, resulted in no injuries.
As Carissas Gettemy, their neighbor, stated, “They were all in the living room. The dad pushed them all away because the truck was coming toward the house. But, since the red car was in the way, it got pushed into the house” (http://www.wpxi.com/news/29980091/detail.html).
But the accident came as no surprise as neighbors indicated trucks traveling at high speeds all the time down the hill, with one driver being killed in the same spot five years ago and both houses being struck in the past.
Although a runaway truck ramp is in consideration, currently being detained due to the area occupying the endangered Indiana bat, neighbors state that they would still feel unsafe, with some in the process of/thinking of moving.
It took several hours for power to be restored with the road being reopened Tuesday morning.
Crow, who was transporting a load of finished wood at the time, is being cited for multiple violations, including speeding. Although no one was injured, imagine if Crow was transporting a load of hazardous materials instead of wood products and the havoc that could have resulted.
Now imagine it being your product on board and your choice to contract the carrier. That’s often the case when shipping via a third-party in which you do not know who is handling your freight. That’s why you should always trust your freight in the hands of a reputable carrier.
Road Scholar Transport is an asset-based carrier maintaining an excellent safety record. With a 0.0003% damage claims record, we take measures to ensure that only the most qualified drivers and safest equipment are transporting your freight.
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