A Myerstown, PA man was behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer when it rear-ended a vehicle in a work zone in New York, killing 6 people and injuring another.
The accident happened Thursday morning, as traffic was slowed due to road work. According to an article on CBSNews.com, there were plenty of signs warning motorists approaching the area that crews were working.
The tractor-trailer slammed into a vehicle, which hit a state Department of Transportation truck as well as an SUV that burst into flames upon impact. Five of those who were killed were in the SUV.
A trooper on the scene is quoted in the article as saying, “(The tractor-trailer) plowed right into them. We’re trying to determine what happened.”
According to the article, an investigation is ongoing and the truck driver will be tested for drugs and alcohol. The truck is also being inspected for mechanical problems. The federal National Transportation Safety Board was also notified of the accident.
This horrific accident is a reminder to all of us that it is absolutely imperative that we reduce our speed through work zones. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were killed and injured. We will watch for the results of this investigation to know exactly how this accident occurred.