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UPDATE: Interstate 80 Open After Rig Wreck

Posted on: 6:23 am, January 30, 2014, by , updated on: 03:44pm, January 30, 2014

UPDATE: 3:40 p.m. — Both westbound lanes are now open, according to PennDOT.

BLACK CREEK TOWNSHIP — A crash involving a tractor-trailer and pickup truck shutdown both lanes of Interstate 80 west in Luzerne County on Thursday morning.

According to responders, the wreck happened around 5:30 a.m. on I-80 west near mile marker 250 which is around the Conyngham/Nescopeck Exit.

Authorities said the rig hit a guide rail causing the tractor-trailer to spin.  A pick-up truck behind slammed into the trailer.  Both drivers were taken to the hospital.

Due to the wreck, Berwick Area School District said transportation will be delayed for Nescopeck elementary students.

11 comments

  • Lauri B says:

    Oh & after that wreck that the article talked about, the truck driver will have to submit to a drug & alcohol test within 24 hours, the pick up truck driver will not.
    Also too, even if it’s deemed that the truck driver was 100% legal & not at fault, the pick up truck driver will have lawyers knocking down his door to sue his company because truck drivers are the cash cow & people know they can get money from the trucking companies, even if it is NOT the truck drivers fault

  • Lauri B says:

    I have to admit Brian, I’m impressed that you know so much about the trucking industry,
    I am a truck driver, my truck’s maximum speed is 63mph. I drive up to 11 hours a day, and I work up to 14 hours per day
    As for drugs, unless speed now comes in the form of Aleve or Advil, my husband and I don’t do speed.
    Actually how many of you that do not drive a truck are required to take random DOT drug & alcohol tests? How many of you are required to take a DOT physical every 2 years, and how many of you are going to be required by the government to do a mandatory sleep study to prove you do NOT have sleep apnea to be able to keep your career?
    So the rules & regulations that we have to follow far outweight what any other industry does, other than maybe an airline pilot.

  • Isaiah says:

    Wow you guys are harsh and Brian is dumb think about it truck driver are the ones who goes around the country and give you your package and how about moving to a different coast in the country a 4 door car can’t move a lot respect THIS DRIVER BECAUSE HE IS MY MOM FRIEND UNCLE he’s in PA hospital he broke half of his body and all his rips are crushed we don’t know if he won’t make it

  • brian says:

    TRUCK DRIVERS THINK THEY OWN THE ROAD! THERE WELL KNOWN FOR HIT AND RUNS TOO! THEY NEED TO SLOW DOWN AND GIVE OTHER PEOPLE RESPECT! THEY ARE ON SPPED TO KEEP THEM AWAKE! TRUCKERS DEF. NEED TO WAKE UP AND PAY ATTENTION, ITS NOT OUR FAULT YOU DRIVE A VEHICLE FOR A LIVING! BUT ATLEAST PAY ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ted says:

    They run those guys like sled dogs till they pass out behind the wheel.
    Only when enough people get killed will they crack down on that stuff.

    • Steve Bixler says:

      As a 35 yr. veteran of the highways, I can tell by your comment that you don’t have a clue.

    • Jonathan M. says:

      I think you need to educate yourself before you make an uneducated accusation as this. The fact is that truck drivers are trained professions, minus a select few that give the rest a bad name. They need to be very highly trained to keep themselves out of situations that the uninformed motoring public put them into. One statistic you will most likely never hear from the media is that over 90% of accidents that involve a large truck are not caused by the truck driver. Most of the time, the car rushes to get in front of the truck to make a ramp or turn-off, cut in front of it, and slow down much faster then even a lightly loaded tractor trailer is capable of.

      Also, unlike just able every other profession, truck drivers are limited by law as to how much they can work in a given time frame. Currently, that limit is a total work day of 14 hours, of which they can drive for no more then 11, and a total of 70 hours in a rolling 7 day period. That means that a truck driver that works 7 days a week, such as those that driver nationwide, often called “over the road” or OTR, try not to use more then 10 hours a day so they can work consistent hours every day to supply a demanding country with all the goods it need everyday.

      Most of these truck drivers have families they are working very hard to support, even though many of them may not get to spend too much time with them, so please do not disrespect truck drivers. Be grateful for all they sacrifice so you can have all the things you want.

  • Observed says:

    Yeah…..I wonder how much both drivers make a year…..probably nothing……..so they were rushing rushing rushing.

  • b says:

    Reblogged this on Brittiussucks.com. Spammer.

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