Witnesses say ‘the whole building shook’ as two tractor-trailers collided on nearby freeway
Witnesses say a crash between two tractor-trailers was so powerful they felt the impact in nearby buildings.
The crash happened in Lower Nazareth Township, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, June 29 just before noon.
According WFMZ News, a tractor-trailer carrying lead pipes was traveling southbound on Highway 33 when it suddenly crossed to the north side. A northbound flatbed semi-trailer was then able to accelerate and swerve slightly to avoid a head-on collision, but the two flatbeds still collided, causing the fleeing semi-trailer to overturn.
Omar Cuello, another driver not involved in the wreckage, pulled over to check on everyone involved. Cuello even translated for the northbound set driver, Francisco Santos, who spoke no English.
“The truck was coming towards him[Santos]said Cuello. “So he sped up so he wouldn’t hit him one-on-one.”
“He saw it coming, so he reacted quickly,” Cuello said. “It’s just common human sense, like trying to survive. No one expects a truck to come from the other side towards you.
Santos was not injured in the wreckage, but the other driver was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries. His condition was not released. No other injuries were reported, but witnesses say the impact between the trucks was so intense they felt it in nearby buildings.
“I was in the back of the store, waiting for a customer, and I just felt the whole building shake,” said David Peters, who works at Trains & Lanes Hobbies a short distance from the crash site. “You know, you feel the whole building like something happened outside.”
“That 33 together is a really bad road,” said David Peters. ” It’s hard. Potholes…and people driving way too fast,” he continued.
Traffic was blocked until 5 p.m. as crews worked to clear the crashed tractor-trailers. The incident has since been cleared and the causeway has been reopened.