Butler Township – A deadly crash Saturday morning had Interstate 80 in Luzerne County shut down for around 11 hours following a deadly crash but was soon reopened at around 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon. State police reported that the mishap involved a tractor trailer that lost control due to icy roads and ran off of along I-80 East near the I-81 in the junction of Butler Twp. at around 5:00 o’clock in the morning.
Officials stated that the rig crashed into a sign post, including an SUV. The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials reported that the man who died was a 43-year-old New Yorker. Pending notification of nearest kin, the name of the fatality has not been released.
State police considered icy roads as the main factor for the single-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a truck operator early morning of Saturday.
According to the police, the New Yorker driver was traveling east along I-80 when the tractor trailer he was driving for unknown reasons lost control and hit a overhead sign at a beam support at mile marker 259.7 in the vicinity of junction with I-81.
After relatives were notified, the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office finally identified the man as Armando Nunez of resident of Washingtonville. Meri Jones who is Deputy Coroner pronounced Nunez deceased at around 6:00 o’clock in the morning. Jones said that she was on-scene at the time of the accident for about 4 hours as the em crews worked to free the body.
A patrol officer responded to the crash at about 4:38 o’clock in the morning. Nunez was already dead even before the arrival of the authorities.
After the impact, the two trailers were detached from the truck and police said that the presence of the trailers on the road impeded traffic. A section going east on the interstate between Rtes. 93 and 309 was closed much during Saturday as the state DOT and other agencies repaired the damaged support beam.
State police reported that by 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon, all lanes were reopened.
During the winter months, road conditions are extremely dangerous conditions with ice or snow piling up that contributes much to accidents. Even the most experienced operators will have difficulties when there is ice or snow on the roads.
Road driving conditions with ice, snow and slush increase slipperiness and make it difficult for drivers to stop, start, or turn, especially in an emergency situation. Records at the Federal Highway Administration showed that one out of every four crashes on U.S. roads annually is weather-related. Many accidents are the result of snow, ice, sleet, and other winter driving conditions.
Snow and ice make a wonderful set; however, ice due to temperatures dropping or frozen rain is the cause of deaths and many injuries. The presence of icy pavements after water freezes is a common cause of winter driving accidents for creates black ice that is hardly visible to the human eyes.
If you or your loved one has been harmed or fatally injured in a vehicular accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, contact car accident lawyer now for free consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation for economic damages, as well as pain and suffering.
Source: WNEP Com