Fiery crash on I-78 kills two

Fiery crash on I-78 kills two

There are 409 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jun 4, 2007, titled Fiery crash on I-78 kills two. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Sleepy trucker slams into cars stopped near construction area, state police say; 11 travelers were sent to area hospitals.

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sad

Bloomsburg, PA

#1 Jun 4, 2007
Another very tragic accident so soon after the one in Allentown. It says the driver of the tractor trailer may have fallen asleep. Now a point I would like to make to many of the comments made regarding APD's accident. Many people posted that if a citizen did something that resulted in another's death, they would already by arraigned and in jail. This man fell asleep at the wheel, which was cited by another poster as "sleep deprivation" and a form of DUI. Are these people now going to be calling for this poor driver to be arrested and jailed immediately? Will they be at his door throwing rocks and bottles for taking several innocent lives? I hope not.
I Know

United States

#2 Jun 4, 2007
It's time we slow down the truckers! They can just follow the speed limit like the rest of us. They can also drive in the right lane like the rest of us. Truckers are the problem on I78.
jms

United States

#3 Jun 4, 2007
This is an unfortunate event and may God bless all people involved. Truckers are not the only people who speed on I-78! I travel that stretch of road often and get passed by many people, mostly cars. Travelers need to have a greater awareness for and be more cautious in construction areas. Reinforcement of the speed limit in such areas should be followed through, not only for the safety of travelers, but most importantly for the construction workers in the area! As for driving and sleep deprivation, there may be more out there than we would like to believe, not only with truckers-use caution when passing them. Therefore, EVERYONE should SLOW DOWN and be MORE alert and have LESS road rage.
Linda

Reading, PA

#4 Jun 4, 2007
I agree about truckers. They should be slowed to 55 mph on the road and not allowed to drive over 5 or 6 hours a day. It is criminal the way they drive right up to the rear end of a car ahead of them and speed constantly on the roads.
Susan New Tripoli

Laceyville, PA

#5 Jun 4, 2007
This is an unfortunate accident, but my biggest complaint as I was traveling that stretch that day, was no police directing cars and stopping people from entering I 78. I got on at Fogelsville, had no idea of the problem, never heard it on the radio and all of a sudden I am in traffic and people were diverting their own cars off of on ramps. Communication is terrible, remember this past winter? All aside, my problem is small compared to the pain and suffering the families of those killed and hurt have to deal with. My thoughts are with you, and because we are always "in a hurry" this problem of speeding, I don't think, will ever be solved.
ANGRY ABOUT I 78

AOL

#6 Jun 4, 2007
I Know wrote:
It's time we slow down the truckers! They can just follow the speed limit like the rest of us. They can also drive in the right lane like the rest of us. Truckers are the problem on I78.
Amen!!!!! These truckers are outta control and if you dont move out of there way they wanna run you over. 78 is a mess
Cheryl in Allentown

Bethlehem, PA

#7 Jun 4, 2007
I hate driving on I-78 when I have to I always feel like I am on a race track...people are totally out of control and the 55 mph speed limit lmao what a joke...I drive between 55 and 60 and people pass me like I am standing still..they are all driving 75-80 mph..it is not just the truckers that are the problem on that road that is for sure and it is only going to get worse.
LARRY

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Jun 4, 2007
PUT THE TRUCKER IN JAIL..THEY ARE REAL PROBLEMS ANYMORE !
You all are Missing

Bethlehem, PA

#9 Jun 4, 2007
the point! This has NOTHING to do with speeding but a "sleepy" truck driver and people failing to practice "defensive driving". While a tradgedy, whenever you are the last or near to last in one of these construction ques, you need to leave room in front of you and be aware of what is coming from the back. If you are not in the cattle shoot, you need to have an evasion plan so that if a trucker or car is gaining on you and appears not to stop, you can quickly pull to the side and get away. I for one will never trust the driver behind me when I am at a full stop on an Interstate. Make sure you have a plan to get out of the way if you can. If in a cattle shoot, don't let traffic come to a complete stop in front of you. Have at least four to five car lengths of vacant space between you and the stopped traffic. If there is a reaction behind you, you can at least accelerate ahead a bit and perhaps beat it.
Julie

Telford, PA

#10 Jun 4, 2007
My sympathies go out to the families of the victims. The police did a horrible job on diverting traffic and as a result, I'm suprised many other accidents did not happen that afternoon. I entered 309 on Tilghman St. Just past Cedar Crest, there was a sign saying "Accident Ahead" - nothing about road closed, etc. There is where the police should have been present to clear most people off. When I got to Lehigh St., there was a cop car (with the cop inside) doing nothing. People were getting off the Lehigh exit ramp and as I got farter - about 15 minutes later - people were exiting down the Lehigh St. ON ramp also with cars still coming up from Lehigh St almost causing head on collisions! They should have closed it right there or at Cedar Crest and prevented more from coming on. Then people were impatient, and speeding up the sides where there was no lane and cutting in front of the cars who had already been sitting there patiently for an hour. Then as I was sitting there near the end coming up to the Summit Lawn exit (almost 2 hrs now) a camper (license plate SNOWY 3 from Connecticut) actually ran me off the road into the side so he could move over. If he would have hit me (he was so close I could have touched the side from my window) he would have caused another backlog because that was the lane that was open! My comment is that more police need to be present on this stretch of the roadway to catch the speeders and sleepy drivers who cause these accidents in the first place, and to help prevent another one by closing the road. They should have also been giving tickets to the impatient people who felt they were special and needed to drive and cut off the people who had been there for hours!

“lol”

Since: Apr 07

allentown

#11 Jun 4, 2007
My husband works in a recieving warehouse and he tells me how some (not all) truckers joke how they alter their driving hours log. They are only supposed to drive a max of 10 hours, but they want to get to the next destination so bad to get the load ($$$$) this sadly is what happens.

I think a good idea would be to somehow monitor the truck itself to see that after they hit that 10 hr mark, the truck is turned off.

My prayers to all those involved yesterday.
Jeff

Shoemakersville, PA

#12 Jun 4, 2007
I Know wrote:
It's time we slow down the truckers! They can just follow the speed limit like the rest of us. They can also drive in the right lane like the rest of us. Truckers are the problem on I78.
As a truck driver who gets regular sleep, I totally disagree that trucks are the problem and need to slow down. Yes there are some cowboys who hammer down however, you are not a truck driver and don't deal with the passenger cars who speed. On a daily basis I am cut off, ignored when making turns at 4 way stop signs, and passed only to have the passenger car slow down BELOW 55 mph and this causes accidents period. You must look at the broader picture and not the narrow minded picture that you are painting. Lets lower the national speed limit to 55 and leave it there.
Jeff

Shoemakersville, PA

#13 Jun 4, 2007
Cheryl in Allentown wrote:
I hate driving on I-78 when I have to I always feel like I am on a race track...people are totally out of control and the 55 mph speed limit lmao what a joke...I drive between 55 and 60 and people pass me like I am standing still..they are all driving 75-80 mph..it is not just the truckers that are the problem on that road that is for sure and it is only going to get worse.
AMEN CHERYL AMEN
Barr

AOL

#14 Jun 4, 2007
Another Accident, Im thankful my son didnt head up North this weekend , and he comes threw that way...As an Ex Trucker myself, i can tell ya this Most truckers Like to be heroes instead of being zeroes , meaning getting the freight there on time,..and "WE" have the tendacey from time to Time of Pushing ourselfs hopefully making it there on time well this is one load that didnt

“Virent Ova, Viret Perna”

Since: Mar 07

Easton, PA

#15 Jun 4, 2007
It's true, tired truckers and aggressive truckers are a hazard on the highway, but it is ridiculous to blame all truckers.
They are not driving around for fun, they are delivering goods that you and I need every day to maintain our current lifestyle.
We could institute laws like they have in England, that every truck be fitted with a recording device that shows how fast they have driven, and when, and forcing them to stop every X number of hours for a rest of Y number of hours. But if we do, we will have a big outcry of "Socialism!" from the right, and the trucking companies will be raising their rates, which will raise prices.
Collison

Whitehall, PA

#16 Jun 4, 2007
I know that more and more trucks are being fitted with GPS units that dispatchers can use for safety and for JIT deliver (which is critical)...

I sat in that traffic for the hour before the westbound opened (you can see my van in the picture) and I thought for the sheer size of the accident that it was organized well as I watched the whole thing....kudos to the medics, police and firefighters...

But, I hope they jail the trucker that killed those poor motorists in a VW....sleeping at the wheel is dangerous, especially when driving a loaded near unstoppable plow....
another tractor trailer

Broadview Heights, OH

#18 Jun 4, 2007
Typical tractor trailer driver causing a fatal ax on i78. I keep saying these truckers need to have restrictor plates where they CANNOT driver over 65 mph at any point in time. They are easily going 80 mph on I78 and have no cares for the cars on the road. In fact tractor trailers must stay in the right lane all the time includingn when there is an accident and you see two tt's holding up traffic b/c they are riding next to each other. I have no sympathy when a tt driver dies but it's sad when they take the lives of others - this guy should be in jail for a long time...
rudy

United States

#19 Jun 4, 2007
my wife and i were traveling westbound and witnessed the truck hitting the cars at full speed and the last car exploded on impact and was pushed onto the median partially under the truck. it was the most terrible thing we ever witnessed watching it slide past us .god bless those people whose lives were taken in an instant.

“lol”

Since: Apr 07

allentown

#20 Jun 4, 2007
Manny wrote:
It's obvious that you don't need an education to drive a truck.
Easy there.
Actually you do need one.
My good friend is a truck driver for a large company and he is highly intelligent and he makes a very very good living.
Vicki

Allentown, PA

#21 Jun 4, 2007
I agree speed is an issue alot on 1-78 but if you didnt read the article, the trucker, FELL ASLEEP!!! I hope that everytime he wakes up, he knows 2 people wont becuase he was to full of himself to pull over and nap!!

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