A box truck and tractor trailer collided in Pennsylvania in the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 31, 2012 resulting in the tragic death of the driver of the box truck. The collision occurred on Interstate-78 in Lehigh County. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, Mr. Alexandro Luis Morales, a native of Landsdowne, PA, was driving his Freightliner tractor-trailer east at 6:49 this morning when he struck a 2012 box truck that was parked on the shoulder of the highway. The box truck was subsequently pushed forward until it overturned. Regretfully, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
This collision highlights the dangers associated with tractor trailers and other vehicles parked on the side of roadways. Tractor trailers are so wide that any swaying within their lane on highways often results in the vehicle crossing into other lanes of traffic or, as in this instance, the shoulder. Far too often we see vehicles struck as a result of lateral movements of tractor trailers within the roadway such as this. If adequate attention isn’t paid by the tractor trailer driver, deadly accidents can result. And, as is evidenced by this recent accident in Pennsylvania, there is no such thing as a fender bender or small accident when it comes to a truck of this size and weight.