Tractor Trailer Crashes Keep Police Busy in Pennsylvania, New York and Texas

Four separate tractor trailer accidents in one day killed two people on roadways in New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.Police in Pennsylvania, New York and Texas responded to four separate accidents that left two individuals dead and hundreds of people without power.

In South Annville, Pennsylvania, one person was killed after a car collided with a tractor trailer on Route 934 and burst into flames on Monday, August 22.

The Lebanon Daily News reports that the accident occurred around 2:39 p.m. when the unidentified driver of the car pulled out from a stop sign at the Church Road intersection and was struck by a tractor trailer which was traveling northbound on the highway.

South Annville police told the news agency that the driver was pronounced dead at the scene after the car was engulfed by flames due to the impact of collision.

The roadway was shut down for more than four hours while emergency cleared the wreckage.

Officials are asking for the public's help in trying to determine the exact cause of the fatal accident. They are aksing anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact the South Annville police department.

Also in Pennsylvania, a tractor trailer accident left approximately 1,400 customers without electricity in Pottstown.

The Pottstown Mercury reports that the accident occurred around 2:42 p.m. on August 22 when an 18-wheeler making a delivery in the town's North End section attempted to make a left-hand turn at the intersections of Hale and Mineral streets and struck several utility poles with low-hanging wires.

The force of the collision knocked down five poles within three blocks of the accidents, causing an outage to a number of homes and businesses in the area.

The name of the truck driver has not been released. She was reportedly not hurt in the incident. Police said the semi was owned by NEMF Trucking.

Emergency crews worked through the day to restore power to area customers.

In New York, three people were injured in a big rig crash on Route 63 in Livingston County on August 22.

The Livingston County News reports that police had to close the road down for several hours to clear the wreckage of the accident which occurred around 6:45 p.m.

According to the news agency, 34-year-old Contina Collado of Buffalo was driving a Toyota Matrix westbound on the highway when she turned left in front of an oncoming tractor trailer at the intersection of Restof Road in York.

Collado and two other passengers in her vehicle were injured in the collision. One of the passengers, who has not been identified, was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital.

The force of the crash sent the tractor trailer off the roadway where it struck a telephone pole and knocked down a number of power lines.

The driver of the truck, Richard Tonnies of Canada, was not injured in the crash.

In Texas, a 66-year-old man was killed on August 22 when the tractor trailer he was driving rolled over on Highway 77 and caught fire.

The Corpus Christi Caller reports that the unidentified driver from Louisiana was headed southbound on the highway to Brownsville when the truck apparently veered off the roadway, hit a guardrail and plunged 15 feet off a bridge near Farm-to-Market Road 1717.

A portion of the roadway was closed while crews cleared the fatal accident. A number of homes in a nearby subdivision were also evacuated due to the fire. The truck was carrying hazardous materials at the time of the crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 3,797 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents that occurred on a Monday in the U.S. in 2009.