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50-Car Pileup Leaves 5 Dead and Dozens Injured

Pottsville, PA – Blinding snow conditions led to a pileup of over 50 vehicles, including many tractor-trailers on Interstate 81, about 50 miles north of Harrisburg, on Monday, March 28, 2022, around 10:30 a.m.  

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, road conditions during a snow squall contributed to the accident. This is the second time this month that a snow squall has contributed to a major pileup on Interstate 81. A total of 5 people have been pronounced dead as a result of the crash. Two dozen other people were injured in the crash and taken to local hospitals.  

Update: State Police released the victims’ IDs on Aril 21, 2022. The victims were identified as Terri Stull, 56, Douglas Teeter, 57, Rita Matos, 40, Edward Ramos, 43, William Douglas, 69, and Domingo Diaz, 66. There were a total of 39 commercial vehicles and 41 passenger vehicles involved in this crash.

Tractor-trailer Accidents 

Tractor-trailers can be over 30-feet long and weigh up to 80,000 lbs. Truck accidents are more likely to result in serious injury or death, especially when multiple tractor-trailers are involved in a pileup accident. It is critical for the family of anyone involved in a serious crash to perform an independent legal investigation and preserve evidence. This includes reviewing:  

  • The role weather conditions played in the collision 
  • Blind spots on this vehicle 
  • Driving records 
  • Driver overtime records 
  • The route the truck was traveling 
  • Recent maintenance history 
  • Driver accident history 
  • Vehicle accident history 
  • Dispatcher notes regarding this trip 
  • Video from the truck 
  • Copy of company’s driver attentiveness system 
  • Police accident report 
  • Any testing of driver for alcohol and drugs 
  • Any history of driver with alcohol and drugs 
  • Phone and texting records of the driver 
  • Inspection of highway 
  • Accident history on highway 
  • Any eyewitness accounts of the accident 

Tractor-trailer Accident Attorneys 

As one of America’s largest injury law firms, The Barnes Firm has helped many clients injured in tractor-trailer accidents and have found that some common causes include: 

  • Inexperienced drivers 
  • Distracted driving 
  • Fatigue 
  • Speeding or reckless driving 
  • Congested roads 
  • Inadequate vehicle maintenance 
  • Improperly secured loads and equipment

Our trusted and experienced tractor-trailer accident attorneys have helped thousands of people injured in truck accidents get the best result possible. From the first phone conversation through to the final settlement, the team of attorneys at The Barnes Firm will work hard for you every step of the way. 

Call (800) 800-0000 today for a FREE case evaluation. It could be the best call you make.   

Location of Crash – Interstate 81, about 50 miles north of Harrisburg

Interstate 81, about 50 miles north of Harrisburg

 

 

 

 

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