A violent crash involving a tractor trailer parked along the shoulder of a Pennsylvania interstate was caught on dash cam earlier this week, and some people say a lack of adaquate truck parking may have been a factor. The crash happened at 1:40 p.m. on Monday, November 5, on eastbound I-78 in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, according to Lehigh Valley Live. In dash cam video captured at the scene just before the collision, you can see that rest areas on both sides of the interstate appear to be full and that trucks are parked along the shoulder of both sides of the roadway.
As the video continues, you can see a small red car swerve off of the interstate, crashing into a semi truck parked on the shoulder.
The driver of the car, a 72 year old woman, was transported to the hospital for the treatment of serious injuries. No one else was hurt. While the car driver was clearly at fault for causing the crash, she might not be in serious condition if the truck driver had better parking options and hadn’t been forced onto the side of the interstate. The crash remains under investigation.
A lack of truck parking in Pennsylvania has long been recognized as a dangerous problem and state officials are searching for solutions. Many drivers say that the parking problem has gotten even worse since the ELD Mandate went into effect last December.