Pennsylvania authorities closed southbound Interstate 95 near Penn's Landing for over three hours on Sept. 1 after a tractor-trailer lost control and hit a 70-foot hook and ladder truck from the Philadelphia Fire Department. The five firefighters inside the truck suffered minor injuries when the impact of the tractor-trailer moved their ladder truck 250 feet. Three ambulances took the firefighters to Hahnemann University Hospital for treatment.
The firefighters had been on the scene of a two-vehicle accident that had already shut down a portion of the interstate. The fire commissioner said that it was standard practice to use the large truck to block an accident site from traffic to protect first responders working on the wrecked vehicles.
The cleanup of the damaged ladder truck and jack-knifed tractor-trailer required the redirection of all southbound traffic onto I-676 West. The crash did not hurt the driver of the tractor-trailer. No charges have been issued against the driver.
Accidents involving large commercial trucks can cause catastrophic injuries to occupants of other vehicles due to their sheer size and weight. Injured victims may need months of expensive medical care and treatment, during which they are unable to return to work, further worsening their financial condition. An attorney representing an injured victim will use the police investigation report, eyewitness testimony and other evidence in an attempt to ascertain the cause of the crash. If it can be determined that the truck driver was responsible, then a personal injury lawsuit could be filed seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained.
Source: 6 ABC, "FIREFIGHTERS RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER I-95 TRACTOR-TRAILER CRASH", Annie McCormick, Katherine Scott, Sept. 1, 2016