Pittsburgh, PA – Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-279

Pittsburgh, PA – Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-279

Pittsburgh, PA (October 24, 2020) – One person was killed during a nighttime accident between a car and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 279.

Troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police said that the deceased, a male in his 30s, was driving the car involved in the collision. Police on the scene also stated that the collision was so powerful that even the tractor-trailer sustained damage, which is unusual.

According to officials, the car’s driver was going the wrong way down the northbound lane of Interstate 279 at about 12:00 a.m. when it collided head-on with a tractor-trailer.

The vehicle was completely crushed beneath the tractor-trailer, causing it to burst into flames which were quickly extinguished by the truck operator.

The interstate remained closed for several hours while police conducted their investigation and worked to clear the roadway. It reopened at about 6:00 a.m. 

Police are still unsure if speed and/or alcohol played a role in this fatal accident and why the driver was going the wrong way down the interstate.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported via ambulance to a local medical facility with injuries that were classified as non-life-threatening.  

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.

Fatal Accidents in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA - Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-279

In the state of Pennsylvania, car accidents are a daily event. On any given day, approximately 220 vehicle collisions take place, the majority of which cause their victims to suffer from serious injuries. Some of the more common car accident-related injuries are damage to the spinal cord, traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, damage to vital organs, broken bones, severe burns, and more. 

Pennsylvania car accidents send many victims to the hospital each year. On top of that, victims will typically miss out on time at work, which can have an enormous financial impact on their lives. Victims might wonder where they can turn, which is why they should speak with a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney in their time of need. Having an attorney by your side can help you as you gather evidence that you can use to prove your claim. They can also ensure that you meet all deadlines in your claim, which is why it is important to act quickly.

At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, our skilled and resourceful accident attorneys are here to help you every step of the way when it comes to your car accident case. We are here for you in your time of need after you have been injured in a car accident that is not your fault. Our attorneys will help you gain compensation for a wide array of aspects so that you can move forward. If you have been injured and wonder where you can turn, please contact an accident attorney in Pennsylvania at (215) 731-9900 for more information on your options.

Note: Independent sources were used to create this post including news stories, witness statements, social media posts, and first-hand accounts about the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident that are represented have not been independently verified by our own writing staff. If you find incorrect information or would like the post to be removed, please contact us immediately.  We will correct the inaccurate information or will remove the post completely.

Disclaimer: As a well-respected member of the community, we at Edelstein, Martin & Nelson strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who drives on our roads and highways. We are always saddened by these accidents but hope that, through awareness members of our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos depicted in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.