Accidents Involving Big Rigs Kill Two in Pennsylvania and Illinois, Damage Store in Maine

A logging truck smashed into a general store in Cambridge after failing to negotiate a curve at a nearby intersection.Two separate tractor trailer accidents are being blamed for the death of two people in Pennsylvania and Illinois. A third big rig crash also caused extensive damage to a general store in Maine.

In Pennsylvania, officials said that a 45-year-old man was killed in a truck accident on Route 309 in Schuykill County after the driver of the big rig may have struck debris in the roadway on August 24.

The Lehigh Valley Morning Call reports that the accident occurred around 9:20 p.m. in West Penn Township when an 18-wheeler traveling southbound on the roadway apparently lost control and crossed over the center line striking a pickup truck being driven by Donald Leiby.

According to police, the driver of the big rig may have lost control of his truck when it struck one of five commercial batteries lying on the highway.

Leiby was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene of the head-on crash.

An investigation into the exact cause of the accident is underway. The West Penn Township Police Department is asking anyone with any information about the crash or the batteries to contact them.

In Illinois, a pedestrian was killed after she was struck by an 18-wheeler in Mitchell on August 25.

The Belleville News Democrat reports that the accident occurred at 6:27 p.m. when 32-year-old Brandy Broyles of Granite City was hit by a 2006 Kenworth T600 while she was walking along Chain of Rocks Road at Dial Drive in Mitchell.

The news agency reports that Boyles was airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital where she later died during surgery.

Officials said that the driver of the tractor trailer, 35-year-old Jason S. Pieper of Mitchell, will likely not be charged in the fatal crash.

In Maine, no one was injured after a big rig hauling logs smashed into the Cambridge General Store on August 23 in Somerset County.

The Bangor Daily News said that the driver of the semi failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway at the intersection of Routes 150 and 152 in Cambridge around 4 a.m. and crashed into the store and a vehicle parked in the yard.

One person inside the building escaped serious injury.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 159 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in Maine in 2009.