One man was killed as the result of a tractor trailer’s entrance into a closed lane on the Pennsylvania Turnpike just 45 minutes west of Philadelphia in West Pikeland, Chester Country, on Sunday, June 1 around 8 am. William McGuigan, 61, of Ardsley was working with a team performing maintenance on the turnpike when the accident occurred. A second maintenance worker, Steve Rudzik, sustained minor injuries. Both Rudzik and the driver of the tractor-trailer were taken to Paoli hospital. Rudzik was released, but there is no word on the condition of the tractor-trailer at this time.
The right lane of the highway was closed between mile markers 314 and 316 for necessary maintenance. This portion of the highway is near the Upper Pine Creek Road underpass.
When the trailer trailed veered into the closed lane, both of the turnpike employees, as well as a construction vehicle, were struck. The trailer was torn completely open as a result of the collision. This portion of the turnpike was closed following the accident until about 4:30 pm as emergency crews arrived, the debris of collision were cleared, and a follow-up police investigation took place.
William McGuigan, known as Bill, had worked for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission since 2005. Both the turnpike commission chairman, William K. Lieberman, and Governor Corbett expressed their remorse and condolences for McGuigan, his family, friends, and coworkers. Corbett commented on the need for all motorists to use caution as they travel through work zones where numerous men and women will be working throughout the summer construction season. Governor Corbett reminds drivers to obey speed limits as they carefully navigate through construction areas.
Emergency responders assisted the police from East Whiteland Fire Company, East Whiteland EMS, Malvern EMS, and Abel Brother’s Towing.
Fellerman & Ciarimboli express our most sincere condolences to all of those affected by the devastating accident in West Pikeland. If you know someone who suffered a personal injury, or worse, as a result of a trucking accident, don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 714-4878 to see how we can help. That’s (888) 714-HURT.
People involved in the accident:
- William McGuigan, 61
- Steve Rudzik
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