I-78 crash, with possible fatalities,...

I-78 crash, with possible fatalities, delays traffic

There are 57 comments on the The Morning Call story from Nov 21, 2007, titled I-78 crash, with possible fatalities, delays traffic. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A serious accident involving an overturned tractor-trailer and at least one car is causing major traffic delays on Interstate 78 in the Easton area.

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Rin Tin Tin

Emmaus, PA

#55 Nov 21, 2007
Barriers in the median save lives. Does anybody remember the NE Extension before barriers? How about the Schuylkill Expressway before barriers? The median at this part of the road is narrow, and has been the site of many fatal crashes. Time to make it safe. This could have been so much worse had the car collided with the first car it grazed.
what a joke

Philadelphia, PA

#56 Nov 21, 2007
Adam Santo wrote:
Okay, so it wasnt the truck drivers fault but this brings up a major issue I have with 18-wheelers. They are too big to be on the road with normal sized vehichles. I take rt100 and 22 to work and back everyday and at least three times a week I am cut-off by these oversized vehicles of death. Not only that, on rt100 I get stuck behind them and they REALLY slow down traffic. AHHHHH!
Quit your bit**ing. If it wasn't for 18 wheelers you wouldn't be able to shop at any store in the valley or buy any groceries. Stop being so stupid and learn to share the road. Sure some truckers may cut your off, but I have seen TONS UPON TONS of passenger cars cutting them off way to close as well. How about this concept - lose your attitude and respect truckers. They have one heck of a job to do, you would never make it you jack***. And if you know that the traffic is going to be slow because of the numerous warehouses in Fogelsville learn to leave earlier or better yet get off the roads if you can't share them. OH AND WHERE DO YOU SUGGEST THEY DRIVE IF YOU FEEL THEY DON'T BELONG ON THE ROAD????????

Since: Oct 07

Macungie, PA

#57 Nov 21, 2007
LVMOM wrote:
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Your right, this is what happened. I hate that toll. I always stay in the right lane because I hate that left lane. I can't tell you how many times I see people shoot out of that toll thinking that there will be 3 lanes ahead. Very sad for all involved.
There are 2 of us????

United States

#58 Nov 21, 2007
Jeff wrote:
inconsiderate motorist?
maybe you people that wait untill the last minute to merge will learn a lesson. DONT WAIT TO MERGE THEN GET MAD AT THE PEOPLE WHO DONT CARE IF YOU RUN OFF THE ROAD...
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You're assuming timidity. Look at the congestion that 22 and 78 suffer. I've experienced several instances where people in the right lane who are approaching an area where people merge have every opportunity to get into the otherwise-open left lane and allow those people to merge. You have the entire highway at your disposal and that person has just the right lane to merge onto. Tell me that I'm wrong in it just being a courtesy to either change lanes, slow down, or speed up, depending on the situation, and allow that person a decent amount of space to get on. So take your tone and jog on, jerk.

United States

#59 Nov 21, 2007
consider that not only are several merge points to 22 extremely short, but that several of them are actually a merge point AND an exit that are still pretty short- you either can make it on right away, or you need to stop completely and wait for a moment when you think you're going to be able to accelerate quickly enough ahead of the next person to catch up to speed

all I'm saying is that if your left lane is open, and people need to merge, you are EXPECTED to move over
two cents

Lansdale, PA

#60 Nov 21, 2007
Rin Tin Tin wrote:
Barriers in the median save lives. Does anybody remember the NE Extension before barriers? How about the Schuylkill Expressway before barriers? The median at this part of the road is narrow, and has been the site of many fatal crashes. Time to make it safe. This could have been so much worse had the car collided with the first car it grazed.
How would a barrier be better? Wouldn't the merging car hit the barrier and be directed back onto the west bound lane? That direction was jammed and he couldn't merge in the first place.
Let's all pretend that everyone else is a horrible driver and we need to anticipate the worst. If a 5 ton truck is on your bumper....then move over. If a car is cutting in and out of traffic... let him pass.
Be proactive and arrive alive!
Unbelievable Comments

Allentown, PA

#61 Nov 21, 2007
I can not believe what is written here about a family that has lost a loved one. I believe most of us are adults here but we are acting like children.

Let's not be quick to judge. We do not know the cause of the accident because the State Police have not filed a report. Everything is speculation until proven.

Newtown, PA

#62 Nov 21, 2007
Rin Tin Tin wrote:
Barriers in the median save lives. Does anybody remember the NE Extension before barriers? How about the Schuylkill Expressway before barriers? The median at this part of the road is narrow, and has been the site of many fatal crashes. Time to make it safe. This could have been so much worse had the car collided with the first car it grazed.
Real fuuny! You know damn well I lost my ability to remember things when I was hit by a car that crossed lanes on the Schuylkill before they put up the barriers.

Bethlehem, PA

#63 Nov 21, 2007
78 at the west bound toll plaza is a problem all its own with its pay pal only and cash only lanes. People race out of it in multiple lanes with the far left merging right and the far right going to the exit. I can only imagine them trying beat out one more car before merging right.I was stuck on 78 east for over 1 1/2 hours till both lanes where exited off as the blue tarp was being held up as the roof was being cut off.Just odd that that both where from NY but the front bumper cover that was on the grass next to the exit ramp had a Maryland licence plate???

Northampton, PA

#64 Nov 21, 2007
My prayers go out to all affected by this accident.
Two improvements are needed on I-78 - barrier in the center median and more lanes. The highway is becoming congested. For some reason the state of PA limits lanes on highways. In most states Rt. 22 would be 6 - 8 lanes and I-78 would be at least 6 lanes the entire length rather than just the Allentown portion. Hey Pennsylvania, time to join the 21st century with the rest of America. I used to be against rail service connecting us to the cities, but at this point I think it is needed to alleviate the dangerous highway problems.
Traffic Sux

Bethlehem, PA

#65 Nov 21, 2007
A lot of good points here. A lot of bad points here. I agree with the whole courtesy idea and actually try it when I can. It helps until you get that one *ss who sees cars backed up forever and still thinks if he speeds up the ramp he wedge himself two car lengths in front of you, cutting off an unsuspecting motorist, instead of taking your queue. Where the he** does he think he's gonna go and what makes him think he'll get there any faster than the rest of us? I've also seen good truckers and not so good truckers! As far as I see it, they're much bigger than me, so I'll give them a little extra room, let them know when it's safe to pull over in front of me instead of taking it too early, etc. Just leave a little room between your big rig and my trunk, just in case I need to break quickly.:)
When it's all said and done, I just drive and pray I make it to my destination again today in one safe piece. All we can do is be careful, be courteous and hope for the best.

For those who judged and commented before reading the entire article thoroughly, the rudeness toward the female passenger...way out of line. Not knowing exactly what caused the guy to go so out of control, don't assume. We all know what happens when we assume.

And last, but certainly not least, my condolences to all involved.

Peace Out!!

United States

#66 Nov 21, 2007
To Adam Santos, if you are old enough to be familiar with the interstate highway act they were built for the military and for interstate commerce. 18 wheelers are involved in interstate commerce, maybe you should use the state routes and leave the highways to the intended users.

Bethlehem, PA

#67 Nov 21, 2007
I drive commute to Central NJ everyday and I see that WAY TOO MUCH. People drive like manics in the left lane and ignore the merge signs.
Anonymous wrote:
Well, Mike, you are partially correct. This accident could have been avoided. The cause, however, was not that someone would not let them merge. The cause was someone that shot out of the toll gates, screamed down the left lane to get a few cars ahead. Trying to get just one more car ahead they ran out of lane, lost control, flew across the median and got slammed by a truck in the east bound lanes.
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“Does it really Matter”

Since: May 07

Sunnyville USA

#68 Nov 21, 2007
Anonymous wrote:
You donít hate 78, you hate the people who drive on it.
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Yes I stand corrected!
J in Northampton

Allentown, PA

#69 Nov 21, 2007
That's just great, the driver of the car is driving like an idiot, and the passenger of the car ends up dead.

Bethlehem, PA

#70 Nov 21, 2007
All parents should do society a favor. Let your kids be jerks, let them drop out of school, let them get knocked up, BUT TEACH THEM HOW TO DRIVE.

United States

#71 Nov 21, 2007
I am a truck driver and proud of it, O/O to be specific, and proud of it, and i understand that some of the truck drivers if not alot of them are rude to a degree, and it might seem to you that they cut you, but unless you have been behind the wheel of one and have driven one, you will never understand the concept that a truck takes alot of distance to start and stop,not all drivers are bad, most of us are just trying to make a living like everyone else, and do what we gota do, so we can get home to our families too, speaking for myself i try to maintain a safe distance behind 4wheelers and try to maintain the right lane as much as possible and yet be courteous.
The bottom line here, someone failed to yield, and as a end result someone else died.
Lets remember all of those involved in our prayers and remember to be thank ful for the blessings you do have.

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