As a Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer, I am saddened to hear about the death of one worker after a tractor-trailer drove into a lane that was closed for maintenance.
The accident happened on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, state officials say. The lane that the tractor-trailer drove in to was closed for maintenance. Two of the workers at the site were struck. One was fatally injured.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike commission CEO Mark Compton said that the accident is under investigation by the state police. According to reports, the accident happened approximately two miles east of the Downingtown Interchange on the westbound side of the Turnpike at 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning.
The crew working on the site had closed down the right lane for maintenance. The foreman, Steve Rudzik, was fortunate to only sustain minor injuries. He was treated and released from Paoli Hospital. The truck driver was also taken to the hospital but his condition remains unknown.
William F. McGuigan, a 61-year old equipment operator, was hit and fatally wounded.
It is tragedies like this that expose the dangers of the roadways. No matter whether you work, drive, or commute on the Pennsylvania Turnpike or other major highways in Pennsylvania, accidents can happen in a matter of seconds. By hearing about Pennsylvania truck accidents like this one, it offers a sobering reminder of the importance of staying vigilant while behind the wheel.
Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett released a statement extending sympathy to the McGuigan family. I, too, want to extend my heartfelt sympathies to the family of William F. McGuigan.