From PennDOT news: Crash rate along Interstate78 stretch is 71% that is way above state average while fatality rate on the highway along Greenwich Township is 41% higher.
For several hours last Monday, I-78 was closed down for several hours after a fiery crash of a tractor trailer collided with a vehicle that caused a pileup on the highway eastbound just east of the Route 737 interchange in Greenwich Twp, in Berks County. It was a tragic wreck that resulted to the death of 3 people.
Traffic officials had difficulty in id the fatalities but with the help of dental records identified the three people killed in a fiery chain-reaction crash. State police said that they are continuing their investigation and believed that it could take a week or two before their investigation is complete..
Due to various accidents on this part of the highway, concerned citizens are calling that stretch of Interstate 78 a death trap and want DOT to do something about it. Constructed many years ago, the highway was intended for moderate traffic volume that unfortunately has skyrocketed since then. First responders and emergency crews substantiated the claim that many times a year tragic accidents happened.
Kutztown Fire Company Dep. Chief Tim Behm said that he still could not get the images of the mangled mess out of his head. It was the first on scene he saw that Monday at the interstate where inferno following the crash killed three people and sent 12 injured to the hospital. He believed that the stretch of the highway is dangerous, for some reasons he cannot explain.
PennDOT authorities pinpointed that aggressive driving is a major factor with drivers overspeeding, weaving and tailgating in this highly congested area. Ron Young, spokesperson for PennDOT reported that the rate of fatality rate is 41% over the state average and its overall crash rate is 71% above the state average. He added that the hills and heavy traffic of big trucks are factors of the chaos.
The remedy is the institution of two long-term projects that would total about $200 million that the government is placing on the table. They plan that more truck climbing lanes will be build on both directions of the hill, as well as making the shoulder of the road safer for someone to pull over out of the way.
Young is confident that the improvements will insure safety in handling the additional traffic and bring outdated infrastructure up to current standards.
Chief Behm is hoping that the improvements will help because he has responded to accidents on that stretch of 78 way too often. The Monday’s crash was one of the worst that he will never forget.
Scheduled to start on 2015, the first project will reconstruct the interchange at Route 737. This will be followed six months to a year after the first one.
Meanwhile, Berks County district attorney is continuing in the investigation to determine the cause and which charges, if any, to be filed against the tractor trailer driver.
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Source: WFMZ Com