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Truck overturns, kills Pennsylvania man

A 57-year-old man was killed in a trucking accident in Pennsylvania recently. The tractor-trailer, driven by a 50-year-old man, overturned and crushed the 57-year-old's vehicle, killing him and injuring his young passenger.

The accident happened late last month in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The 57-year-old man was driving a 2011 Subaru Legacy with a 17-year-old female passenger when the semi-truck accident happened. It was not reported whether the 17-year-old female was related to the 57-year-old male. When the truck overturned at the intersection of Route 29 and Laurel Lake Road, the vehicle was crushed, killing the 57-year-old and injuring the 17-year-old.

The 50-year-old driver of the 1998 Mack semi-truck was also injured in the accident. Both the 50-year-old and the 17-year-old were taken to a hospital for their injuries.

The 57-year-old driver who died was from Brackney, Pennsylvania. The identity of the 17-year-old was not disclosed by police. An out-of-state drilling company owned the truck involved in the accident. The semi-truck was being contracted to a company that was also not disclosed by police. Much of the information regarding the accident has not been released yet, including information regarding the injuries of the survivors of the accident, where they were treated or who has been cited for the accident, if anyone.

This tragic accident shows just how serious commercial truck accidents can be. The smaller vehicle and those riding in it rarely emerge unscathed. Sadly, as in this collision, death can occur. Hopefully this accident will prompt truck drivers who travel through Pennsylvania to take extra precaution when operating such large vehicles. This could go a long way toward keeping roads safe.

Source: Pressconnects.com, "Brackney, Pa. man dies in crash," Debbie Swartz, July 30, 2011

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