Skip to comments.Driver killed after surviving plunge off I-80
Posted on 10/11/2011 11:23:21 PM PDT by smokingfrog
NESCOPECK A truck driver survived a crash down a steep embankment Tuesday, only to be struck and killed by another vehicle after climbing back to the roadway.
The crash occurred Tuesday morning in the eastbound lane of Interstate 80 near exit 256, Conyngham/Nescopeck. It shut down the highways eastbound lane for several hours as investigators pieced together the scene and recovered the truck.
State police at Hazleton said the driver lost control of the tractor-trailer and traveled off the shoulder of the highway and down an embankment, coming to a rest on its side at the bottom of the hill.
The driver climbed out of the truck, over the guardrail and back to the roadway, where he was fatally struck by another vehicle, state police said.
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Maybe it was a failed suicide he had to finish?
When it’s your time, it’s your time.
(And when it’s not, it’s not.)
You’d think he’d set out flares then get back over the rail to wait for help. If it was no longer possible to radio for help from the truck. Could it have been on purpose, huh.
Could have been drunk, or maybe just badly disoriented after the crash.
Either way, definitely not his day.
I am familiar with that section of 80. There are some pretty steep hills to go down if you go off the highway. Something tells me he wasn’t fresh as a daisy after he got back to the highway and may have just been disoriented.
Yeah, I vote for the latter. What “luck”.
When people tell me that I usually invite them to find a nice tall building and jump off the top floor. If they die, it was their time. If not, it wasn't.
Based on the Google Maps street view, this had to be within a few hundred yards of the exit 256 interchange. The guardrail is along the side of the entrance merge lane on the east side of the interchange, and there is an embankment there but it disappears pretty quickly as you go east. Maybe he was groggy and started tracking the guardrail and veered to the right.
This is about 20 miles west of the PA Turnpike extension where I exit I80 on my treks back east, and hence part of the “home stretch”. It’s dangerous out there.
It’s like something out of ‘Final Destination’.
Of course, if you COULD test fate that way, to live in the condition you’d be in would probably be a real downer.
Poor guy. RIP.
“Its like something out of Final Destination.”
That was my first thought. It was a hallmark of the FD series; characters breathing a sigh of relief after surviving a gruesome brush with death, only to meet an immediate worse outcome.
Prayers for the victim and his loved ones. That’s a lot of heartache there. I’d rather he just die after the first accident.
Hmmmm. Didn't they used to do something similar with the suspected witches in Salem?
Not the same thing. The witch would die regardless, whereas, if it's not your time, the fall from the building won't kill you. If it is your time, well, it's your time!
Death is never cheated...