A startling report was published on Friday by WPXI.com, stating that Allegheny County has more accidents involving tractor-trailers than any other county in Pennsylvania.
Channel 11 was able to obtain paperwork through the Freedom of Information Act that confirmed crashes involving big rigs and buses are increasing in the city of Pittsburgh.
The article mentioned that, in an effort to stop the increase in commercial truck crashes in the city, Pittsburgh Police filed a grant application requesting $230,000 from the U.S. Transportation Department. As a result, the U.S. Transportation Department agreed to give Pittsburgh nearly $1,000,000 over three years. Funds would be used to help pay for more officers to patrol for aggressive driving, inspect tractor-trailers, and to conduct safety patrols near tunnels.
According to the article, authorities say extra patrols are in place and that the city is expected to see a 5% decline in accidents for 2011.