Winter is upon us, and along with the cold weather comes slippery and icy conditions on the roadways. Poor road conditions are a factor in thousands of accidents each year. According to PennDOT's Crash Facts and Statistics, slippery road conditions contributed to 10,236 crashes in 2014, resulting in 44 deaths.
This winter has already seen numerous crashes as a result of inclement weather in PA. According to news reports, on December 9th, Wilby Henriquez-Vazquez was killed on Interstate 78 when he was struck by a tractor-trailer driven by Pablo Silva. Henriquez-Vazquez was standing outside his disabled vehicle alongside the roadway when Mr. Silva lost control of the tractor-trailer and it jack-knifed. The tractor-trailer struck the disabled vehicle then struck Mr. Henriquez-Vazquez. Unfortunately, Mr. Henriquez-Vazquez did not survive. It has been reported that snow and ice were on the roadway at the time of the crash.
Sources: Pennlive.com and abc27.com
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