A speeding Chevy Camaro crashed into an illegally parked tractor-trailer this weekend at Torresdale Avenue and Rhawn Street in the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia. Three people were killed in the car/tractor-trailer crash, and a second truck became engulfed in flames as well.
CBS Philly reported that the three people killed in the crash were all female occupants of the car. Witnesses reported hearing people scream from inside the car, but were unable to reach them because of the intense flames. CBS News also reported the tractor-trailer was parked illegally near what neighbors consider a dangerous intersection. The cause of this tragic accident in the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia is under investigation, but speed may have been a factor as well as the tractor-trailer being parked in a no-parking zone in a dark area. The crash occurred at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), there were 3 people killed and 219 people injured in traffic crashes each day in Pennsylvania in 2014. More than 7,000 of the crashes in Pennsylvania involved hitting a parked vehicle, such as was the case in the deadly Philadelphia crash. Speed has been a major contributor to many of the crashes in Pennsylvania as well.
Philadelphia Crash Statistics
PennDOT reported that Philadelphia County had more traffic-related deaths in 2014 than any other county in Pennsylvania. It had the second highest number of reported traffic crashes, behind only Allegheny County. In 2014, there were a total of 10,627 traffic accidents in Philadelphia County that resulted in 89 deaths and nearly 8,000 injuries. Traffic fatalities and crashes in PennDot’s 6th engineering district in Pennsylvania, which encompasses Philadelphia, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware counties, far surpassed the number of traffic crashes and fatalities in any other Pennsylvania district.
More than 100 million people are expected to be traveling this week for the holidays, the highest number ever, according to AAA. More than 90% of those travelers will be driving to their destination. With the increased number of travelers on area roadways and highways, the chance of car and truck accidents increase. The car and truck accident attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli in Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre encourage everyone to drive carefully and help prevent a tragedy like the one that occurred in Philadelphia this past weekend. Be sure to leave plenty of time to get to your destination safely and plan to leave earlier in the week to beat the holiday rush later in the week.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car or truck accident, call the Philadelphia accident attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli today for a free consultation. Contact a Philadelphia attorney at 215-575-9237 or talk to a Wilkes-Barre attorney by calling 570-714-HURT.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, the personal injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli strive to provide the best service to clients in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, and throughout the Keystone State.