Washington County

Driver facing citation after tractor-trailer overturns, hangs from overpass in Washington County

SOUTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It was a surreal scene in Washington County Wednesday afternoon as a semi-truck dangled off one highway and over another, spilling thousands of pounds of cardboard.

“The tractor cab was on the flyover and everything else was hanging over the ramp that was dangling over I-70 below it,” South Strabane Fire Chief Jordan Cramer said.

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“I gasped because it was so unnerving,” Caitlin Walther said. She was on her way to pick up her sons for soccer practice when she saw the tractor-trailer hanging off the bridge. “It is definitely a high bridge and the sides are kind of low. It’s something I’ve always been concerned about happening.”

It’s a concern shared by Chief Cramer. He was the incident commander on-scene and has talked about the potential for an incident like this.

“This is just an area of roadway that we know has the potential for this to happen,” he said. “Had he been carrying a different load, a heavier load of materials in the back, we’d probably be having a very different conversation right now.”

The driver suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the scene. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, he is being cited for failing to properly negotiate a left curve.

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