Getting a flat tire while driving is never a good time, and it’s an especially troubling inconvenience when it happens on the highway. For obvious reasons, nobody likes to change a flat tire mere feet away from loads of speeding vehicles. What would typically be a minor automotive repair turned into a nightmare for one pedestrian today in Southern Middleton Township.
Shortly before 12:30 this afternoon, a man changing a tire on the side of Interstate 81 near Carlisle was struck by a water tank truck. Trucking accidents almost always result in certain devastation, and particularly so when the crash is truck vs pedestrian. State Troopers say the accident that occurred in the northbound berm of the highway is what caused the colossal traffic backup that beleaguered numerous Cumberland County motorists today.
While the victim has yet to be identified, police have stated he was flown from the scene of the crash to a nearby hospital. His absolutely detrimental injuries are currently being treated, and there is presently no word as to the exact state of his condition. The northbound lanes of I-81 reopened one lane approximately an hour after the crash.
At Edelstein, Martin & Nelson, we greatly sympathize with the vulnerability of pedestrians vs motorists. We understand that misfortune usually strikes quickly and with no warning whatsoever. As a victim, you are likely experiencing immense pain and confusion, and any added stress is the last thing you need. If you have recently been the victim of a trucking accident, either as a pedestrian, motorist, or otherwise, please call 888-208-1810 immediately!