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Fatal truck accident closes Pennsylvania Turnpike for hours


Another wave of winter weather has created headaches for many drivers in Pennsylvania. Car accidents may be more likely when the weather takes a turn for the worse, causing slippery roads and poor visibility. While the weather may make a commute, a trip to an event, or even a trip to the grocery store more difficult, adverse road conditions may be involved in much more serious events.

Authorities have been monitoring road conditions in Pennsylvania this week as the most recent bout with the weather has caused the roads to become difficult to navigate. Speed limit restrictions were imposed earlier this week on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, an issue that officials continue to monitor. A portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was completely shut down for more than 13 hours after a fatal truck accident occurred late Tuesday in Lower Allen Township, Pennsylvania.

Officials say that four tractor-trailers were involved in the accident. One driver, a 70-year-old man from Reading, Pennsylvania, was fatally injured in the multi-vehicle truck accident. Few details about the crash itself have been reported. Authorities closed down the turnpike for roughly six miles in each direction after the deadly truck accident. The closure continued well into Wednesday. Investigators continue to try to piece together what happened in the fatal truck accident.

It may often be tempting to assume that when road conditions are treacherous due to bad weather that the main issue in a crash is about the adverse conditions. While that may be true, it is important to note that investigating all of the details surrounding a crash may provide a more complete picture. Generally, negligence may also be involved in causing a tragic wreck in adverse weather, and sorting through the details can be complicated.