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LAUREL RUN -- A truck driver from New Jersey was taken to the hospital for minor injuries after his truck rolled over on Giants Despair in Luzerne County.

The truck carrying sunglasses flipped over around 10 a.m. on East Northampton Street in Laurel Run. That stretch of road is also known as Giants Despair.

State police say the truck did not have enough brake power to go uphill on the winding road. Troopers say the truck is likely under the road's weight limit but a ticket could be issued.

Traffic was down to one lane on the road for over an hour.

15 comments

  • Jon

    “State police say the truck did not have enough brake power to go uphill on the winding road. Troopers say the truck is likely under the road’s weight limit but a ticket could be issued.” What the heck does this even mean? Didn’t have enough brake power to go uphill? What would the ticket be issued for if the truck is under the weight limit?

  • John

    Sounds funny to me losing brake on a hill what did he stop on the hill carrying those heavy sunglasses ??

  • Giants Deapair

    Guy was going down the hill, that is posted no trucks over 10 ton, happens all the time, and cars loose there brakes too, no one wants to down shift and go the 25mph speed limit. July 8th and 9th that road is shut down for car road race btw

  • WilkesBarreproud

    Big rigs pulling into the frackville mall looking for that Wendy’s or KFC that never happened. Come on SEDCO, make Schuylkill county pretty again. SKIP was more successful than sedco

  • Delmar

    This stuff didnt happen when we had trains. Let’s reopen the Frackville train station and start laying some tracks. By reopening it, we can accomplish 2 things: 1) clear our roads of tractor trailers and 2) get all of the roamers out of there that either live there or use it as a slam shack.

  • Huggy

    All that happens in the viewing are are tractor trailor accidents, molestation sex, and high school sports. Whatever happened with that murder in Frackville? New Chief Bell not too sleuthy when it comes investigations?

  • Confused

    “did not have enough brake power to go uphill on the winding road”
    What? Downhill you mean? OR was the driver speeding uphill and couldn’t negotiate the turn?

    • jole

      Brake horsepower (bhp) is the measure of an engine’s horsepower without the loss in power caused by the gearbox

    • Sam I Am

      1. Brake Horse Power (bhp)

      This is the power output of any engine measured at the engine’s flywheel. (A flywheel is a disc with teeth on it. It’s connected to the rear of the engine and its purpose is for the smooth transfer of power to the transmission from the engine.)

  • Gayeddy

    In my town called Frackville, tractor trailers flip over on I-81 all the time. I invite truckers to my garage if they need a place to stay. I love this town.

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