Workers Rescue Drivers in Tractor Trailer Accidents in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and New York

A number of people were injured in separate tractor trailer accidents in New York, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.Emergency workers responded to three separate big rig accidents that injured travelers in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and New York, respectively.

In Pennsylvania, the driver of a tractor trailer escaped serious injury after his truck jackknifed in an overnight crash on Interstate 81 in Cumberland County on August 21.

Fox-TV affiliate, WPMT, reports that the accident occurred around 3 a.m. when the driver of an 18-wheeler that was carrying 25,000 pounds of frozen pasta lost control on the northbound side of the highway.

State police told the news agency that the truck veered onto the grassy median of the highway and then overturned, blocking both lanes of the roadway near Allen Road in Dickinson Township.

The interstate was closed for several hours as crews worked to upright the semi and clear the debris.

Police said the driver has been charged in connection with the crash.

In Oklahoma, firefighters rescued the driver of a tractor trailer involved in a multi-vehicle accident around 8 a.m. on August 26.

The Associated Press reports that the accident occurred when a truck traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 swerved to avoid a sport utility vehicle that had darted out in front of his truck.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the truck then hit a wall and skidded onto its side. The 18-wheeler then wound up dangling off the edge of an overpass near Oklahoma City.

According to the news source, it took rescuers just over an hour to free the man and upright the truck.

Five other vehicles were also reportedly involved in the collision.

In New York, emergency crews responded to a tractor trailer crash in Montgomery County that critically injured a 62-year-old Albany woman.

The Albany Times Union reports that the accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on August 25 when a car being driven by 61-year-old Daniel Bushey apparently failed to yield at the intersection of Route 5S and Route 30A in Fultonville.

According to the news agency, the car was then hit by a tractor trailer being driven by 45-year-old Shawn Benner of Newville, Pennsylvania.

A passenger in Bushey’s car, who has been identified as Sara Bushey, was reportedly critically injured in the collision. She was transported to Albany Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that five people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in Montgomery County, New York, in 2009.