BIG BEAVER — State police said a semi-truck burst into flames at approximately 7:25 p.m. Tuesday along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Police said a Peterbilt TT loaded with chicken eggs, driven by Anthony Michael Eaches, of Michigan, was driving east when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and struck a guardrail with the truck’s right side, causing the vehicle to go back-and-forth in both lanes, and struck the center cement barrier.
The vehicle traveled approximately 500 feet back across both lanes and came to a final rest against the concrete barrier, where it burst into flames.
Eaches was able to self-extricate out of the vehicle and was later treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.
The accident caused an eastbound lane to have a Plan X closure that started at 7:50 p.m. and ended at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday for cleanup and removal, while the westbound lane was closed for approximately 45 minutes in order to put out the fire.
If there are any witnesses to the crash, contact Trooper Kevin S. Vresh at 724-443-5907.
Nicholas Vercilla is a staff reporter for the Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He can be reached at [email protected]
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