I-78 westbound closed for accident ne...

I-78 westbound closed for accident near Hamburg

There are 31 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jan 19, 2009, titled I-78 westbound closed for accident near Hamburg. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

An accident involving multiple vehicles, including a PennDOT truck, has a section of westbound Interstate 78 in Berks County shut down this morning, according to Berks County Communications Center.

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1 for Justice

Allentown, PA

#2 Jan 19, 2009
I'm not a Bush fan by a long shot. But I don't get the reasoning of Glen Burnie's message. Or is he just being sarcastic?
Roadkill

United States

#3 Jan 19, 2009
Why can't people in that area learn to F-ing drive on a highway?!?! That stretch of road is ALWAYS being shut down due to these idiots running into each other.
H8Greasers

Emmaus, PA

#4 Jan 19, 2009
Another professional trucker making a mess of the road again.

I can't wait to hear what happened this time, or should I say how the M.C. will decide to construe it.
abc

Stroudsburg, PA

#5 Jan 19, 2009
Glen Burnie wrote:
This accident is all George Bush's fault!
Starting tomorrow everything will be Obama's fault or so it should be.

Since: Feb 07

Mohrsville, PA

#6 Jan 19, 2009
my guess here is that the penn dot truck was salting the ramp and just entering the highway. These penndot trucks do not go more than about 40-45 miles an hour even on the highway let alone on the ramp... if the truck was going even 55-60 he probably couldn't move fast enough if the penndot truck came in from the end of ramp which is right where the vehicles were on the road (which means he wasn't in control of his truck!! I'm not defending the truck driver in anyway). The main road in that area was wet but didn't seem icy as I came through going east about 30 minutes after it happened. However the ramps were a bit slick.
ACME FIREWORKS COMPANY

Skippack, PA

#7 Jan 19, 2009
it really seems that the I 78 speed limit needs to be reduced to 55mph and enforced by the state police
Wow

Macungie, PA

#8 Jan 19, 2009
What an unusual event, a tractor trailer driving to fast for conditions...

Since: Feb 07

Mohrsville, PA

#9 Jan 19, 2009
ACME FIREWORKS COMPANY wrote:
it really seems that the I 78 speed limit needs to be reduced to 55mph and enforced by the state police
this area is actually the area that was just INCREASED to 65 after the recent road work. This section had been 55 in the past.. it made no difference.
Cookies

Charlotte, NC

#10 Jan 19, 2009
TazDevil wrote:
my guess here is that the penn dot truck was salting the ramp and just entering the highway. These penndot trucks do not go more than about 40-45 miles an hour even on the highway let alone on the ramp... if the truck was going even 55-60 he probably couldn't move fast enough if the penndot truck came in from the end of ramp which is right where the vehicles were on the road (which means he wasn't in control of his truck!! I'm not defending the truck driver in anyway). The main road in that area was wet but didn't seem icy as I came through going east about 30 minutes after it happened. However the ramps were a bit slick.
Please save any logical responses for a forum that might care. You should know by now that the only foreseeable solution on this forum are stupid responses like reducing the speed limit, which is already 55 in that stretch, or removing all trucks from the highway.

But I completely agree with your logical answer, unfortunately I suspect it's falling on mostly deaf ears on this forum.

Since: Feb 07

Mohrsville, PA

#11 Jan 19, 2009
Cookies wrote:
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Please save any logical responses for a forum that might care. You should know by now that the only foreseeable solution on this forum are stupid responses like reducing the speed limit, which is already 55 in that stretch, or removing all trucks from the highway.
But I completely agree with your logical answer, unfortunately I suspect it's falling on mostly deaf ears on this forum.
Thanks and I know how this forum reacts.....

just an FYI that area is now 65......

Since: Feb 07

Mohrsville, PA

#13 Jan 19, 2009
Thurston Wood wrote:
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Notice the morning call thugs deleted Glen Burnie's message, because it was a sarcastic swipe at the paper's Lord and Savior, Barack Hussein O'Bama.
Burnie should have pointed out that Barack could heal whoever was hurt in the crash, and even restore lives to those who might have died.
Now, let's see how long it takes for the Barack-worshipping Morning Call staff to delete my thoughts!
I can't wait until this paper folds in 2009!
it isn't mcall who owns and maintains this forums!!! it is TOPIX. and when messages are non-pertinent and are reported for abuse they are deleted!

Since: Mar 07

AOL

#14 Jan 19, 2009
Why is it that some do not heed caution & slow down when it is raining, or snowing, or the roads have the potential for ice??? For some reason people think they won't hydroplane or slide.....why? I always slow down considerably when the chances are there, if someone rides my asss & wants to go faster they can go around me. Chances are I'll see them in a ditch a mile down the road anyway.
Amused Crack-er

Bethlehem, PA

#16 Jan 19, 2009
H8Greasers wrote:
Another professional trucker making a mess of the road again.
I can't wait to hear what happened this time, or should I say how the M.C. will decide to construe it.
Everytime I see or hear a car accident, I always think how it was another driver making a mess of the road. They should ban cars since there are always more car accidents than truck accidents.
amanda

Philadelphia, PA

#17 Jan 19, 2009
Amused Crack-er wrote:
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Everytime I see or hear a car accident, I always think how it was another driver making a mess of the road. They should ban cars since there are always more car accidents than truck accidents.
I nominate you for the best post of the day!

“Matthew 5:10”

Since: Dec 08

Allentown

#19 Jan 19, 2009
I do not travel that way often - is it a particularly dangerous stretch of road? There certainly do seem to be a LOT of accidents there, more than most other areas on I-78!

Since: Feb 07

Mohrsville, PA

#20 Jan 19, 2009
Krissa wrote:
I do not travel that way often - is it a particularly dangerous stretch of road? There certainly do seem to be a LOT of accidents there, more than most other areas on I-78!
it is a long boring stretch... I myself at times have issues staying awake.... other than that I can't say there is anything inherently dangerous about it.. I think most of these accidents are cause by someone losing focus for just a few seconds.....
H8Greasers

Emmaus, PA

#21 Jan 20, 2009
Amused Crack-er wrote:
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Everytime I see or hear a car accident, I always think how it was another driver making a mess of the road. They should ban cars since there are always more car accidents than truck accidents.
Unfortunately most of the truck crashes are caused by the greasers and their stupid decisions or actions. When the police are not around a lot of them drive like they are in a car. People driving cars have no respect for the greasers because they drive like idiots. They (Tractor Trailers) should be restricted to 55 MPH and in the right lane.
Amused Crack-er

Bethlehem, PA

#22 Jan 20, 2009
H8Greasers wrote:
<quoted text>Unfortunately most of the truck crashes are caused by the greasers and their stupid decisions or actions. When the police are not around a lot of them drive like they are in a car. People driving cars have no respect for the greasers because they drive like idiots. They (Tractor Trailers) should be restricted to 55 MPH and in the right lane.
Most people in cars have no respect for the truckers because they think they should stay in the right lane doing 55mph. How many times have you seen a car flying up the road, only to cut off a truck at the last second for an exit? Trucks can't stop like a car, yet people think they can.

Why the need to restrict them to 55mph? If car/SUV/minivan drivers didn'ty drive like idiots and cut them off or pull out in front them and go a snail's pace, there would be less problems.

Ok, let's restrict the trucks to the right lane only and doing 55mph. Let's also restrict anyone over 65 to the right lane only and a 50mph MINIMUM speed. And, since we're doing that, we should also restrict the left lane to ONLY vehicles with more than one person in them.

Restricting the highways is NOT the answer. People learning how to driver PROPERLY is the answer.
H8Greasers

Emmaus, PA

#23 Jan 20, 2009
Amused Crack-er wrote:
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Most people in cars have no respect for the truckers because they think they should stay in the right lane doing 55mph. How many times have you seen a car flying up the road, only to cut off a truck at the last second for an exit? Trucks can't stop like a car, yet people think they can.
Why the need to restrict them to 55mph? If car/SUV/minivan drivers didn'ty drive like idiots and cut them off or pull out in front them and go a snail's pace, there would be less problems.
Ok, let's restrict the trucks to the right lane only and doing 55mph. Let's also restrict anyone over 65 to the right lane only and a 50mph MINIMUM speed. And, since we're doing that, we should also restrict the left lane to ONLY vehicles with more than one person in them.
Restricting the highways is NOT the answer. People learning how to driver PROPERLY is the answer.
Agreed there is lack of respect both ways and no the Trucks can't stop like a car or SUV, hence I am for more restictions on Trucks, they want to be called "Professionals", then they need to start driving like it. Instead most barrel down the interstate at 75 plus, when no smokey bears are around, tailgate, tie up the left lane going up hills and cause a hazard on the road. Sure there are A. Holes in cars everyday, we all see them, but the "professionals" need to start driving like it and they don't. Most of the crashes that involve the rigs are the "Professionals" fault.

Look what started the mess on I-78 AGAIN yesterday...a jacknifed rig because he was going to fast on the snow covered road.

55 in the right lane only, except to use a left exit. If they are anywhere else the cops can make them pay dearly.

Since: Feb 07

Mohrsville, PA

#24 Jan 21, 2009
H8Greasers wrote:
<quoted text>Look what started the mess on I-78 AGAIN yesterday...a jacknifed rig because he was going to fast on the snow covered road.
If you are talking the late afternoon crash it wasn't started by a rig.. there was a 5 CAR accident in front of him that he tried to stop for and ended up jack-knifing and then no one behind him could stop either due to road conditions being so poor and due to them also going to fast for conditions....It takes alot of people following too close and going to fast for conditions to get 23 cars involved in an accident!

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