Legislators began hearings this week to investigate what went wrong to
cause the 100 vehicle pile-up on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Valentine’s
Day. So far it doesn’t sound like there was a Penn DoT failure.
They had worked to clear snow from a storm that had dumped up to one foot
of snow on the area.
The speed restrictions had been lifted at 6:00 AM, about 2 1/2 hours before
the chain reaction collision happened .Testimony also showed that the
road had been plowed and salted just before the massive wreck happened.
So what went wrong? One thing we do know is that many of the involved vehicles
were trucks. Given their weight, stopping is much more difficult for a
truck; it just takes longer. Even more than drivers of cars, truck drivers
have a duty to antiicipate hazards and if they encounter hazardous conditions,
they MUST use extreme caution. Amazingly, nobody was killed in this pile-up.
Just think about the economic cost to the region. How many commuters were
delayed? How many oother deliveries were delayed? What was the lost productivity
for the whole region?