Breaking News: Emergency services were quick to the scene of yet another accident involving commercial trucks on the Interstate 90 section of Harborcreek Township in Erie this afternoon. The wreckage occurred nearly a quarter of a mile west of exit 35 between Depot Road and Clark Road.
Initial reports from fire fighters are claiming that a white commercial box truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer at speeds that have not yet been determined. The two vehicles were headed east when the crash took place.
The driver of the box truck was trapped in his vehicle and fire officials are reporting that it took three Hurst tools, otherwise known as the "jaws of life," to remove the man from the truck. Reports also claim that the man did indeed suffer injuries; however, the severity of those injuries is not yet known.
Although there was a density of rain and sleet-like conditions at the time of the accident, no one has said whether or not it played a significant role in what has happened. However, far too often trucks such as these disregard the weather-especially when navigating highways. When the elements are in poor standing the only real way to stay safe is to slow down and use the left lane only when passing.
For the time being, eastbound traffic on Interstate 90 has been restricted to a one-lane-snail's-pace between exits 29 and 35. PennDOT told officials they expect the lane to re-open by around 1 o'clock this afternoon.