Pennsy Turnpike Christmas Eve

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by InTheRed, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. InTheRed

    InTheRed New Member

    Anyone hear about this? Apparently there was a feeder driver who was involved in a fatal accident (3 out of 4 in the car wiped out). Pennsy turnpike was closed for 6-7 hours and tons of midnight to preload loads were delayed and didn't get processed until close to noon today.

    Horrible to hear what happened with the feeder and the family. I looked online and saw a story about it, however no mention of the company. Did anyone else hear about this tragic event? Was anyone else here affected by it?
  2. chev

    chev Nightcrawler

    I heard it was a Willow Grove driver. Supposedly he tried to get the occupants out but it caught fire and he couldn't do anything to save them.
    Very sad. :sad-little:
    I know the roads were treacherous. Black ice was bad.
    I'm sure this will be another one with little information leaked to protect the company.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2008
  3. InTheRed

    InTheRed New Member

    Yes I heard it was a Willow Grove driver as well. Details also provided were that he saw he was going to collide with a disabled vehicle and tried to roll the trailer so he would avoid slamming into the car. I don't understand the theory on that one, but instead of avoiding the car he/she rolled the trailer onto the car.

    Again all second hand I haven't seen any news story to corroborate this.

    What I did read was he was able to pull 1 child from the car who was airlifted to Hershey Hospital. The other 3 occupants died. Horrible.
  4. DownsizedUPS'er

    DownsizedUPS'er missing my UPS family

  5. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    UPS uses Sterling tractors. Terrible tragedy. I heard this morning that we had a driver in my Hub involved in a fatality too. Somebody ran a stop sign in front of a package car Tuesday night.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2008
  6. chev

    chev Nightcrawler

    Yep. scratch is right. Sterling is just the make of tractor just like Mack or International.

    From what the article says, it sounds like the UPS driver would have had a difficult time avoiding the accident. Very tragic. It seems like this year has been deadly one. :sad-little:
  7. InTheRed

    InTheRed New Member

    Anyone here affected operations-wise from the traffic incidents out there? Our district received numerous late trailers from central-pa and most everyone had a 5pm eta at the earliest. Drivers were finishing between 4:45-7:20.
  8. BrownPR215

    BrownPR215 What Can Brown Do To You!

    Here in Philly we were. I didn't leave the building till 10:00 AM and I had two air meets and finished about 4:30 PM but I know that some guys were out till 5:30 or so.
  9. ikoi62

    ikoi62 Member

    Here in Jersey we were,7 loads didn't arrive till 10-11 am
    held the drivers in till 1045 it was a mad house.
    customers at the front door and counter..skids of box's everywhere.i would say close to 5-6 thousand packages not sent out.what was to be a light day on Friday is now a regular day with no pickups.
  10. dragracer66

    dragracer66 Active Member

    It was a driver out of the willowgrove pa building. I don't want to say his name I think he has a enough to deal with now. Just pray for the 2 year old.....
  11. DownsizedUPS'er

    DownsizedUPS'er missing my UPS family

    indeed, i am praying for the 2 year old, as well as the driver. this is a terrible terrible tragic event.
  12. upsfeeder88

    upsfeeder88 New Member

    Here's a link from a Lancaster paper if anyone is interested. What a shame. Pray for the family but also for the UPS Feeder Driver, he has to live with this for the rest of his life also.
  13. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    I'm a Harrisburg driver near where this happened. I'm not sure which way the guy was headed but I know we had a load stuck in traffic behind hte wreak. It sort of held us up. When i say sort of we culd have had drivers in around 3, but instead supervisors told drivers to sit for about 2 hours so they wouldn't come in under 8 hours. on Christmas Eve even. jerkwads.
  14. drewed

    drewed Shankman

    If he would have rolled it 30 ft earlier would there have been any fatalities? Yea it would have closed the turnpilke for a couple hours but ohwell, Id say the driver was courageous to attempt to do that but thats me he did what he thought was best in the situation
  15. Highwayman

    Highwayman Member

    I drive from WG to HBG on east side of Penna TP. It was not so good at 1 am when I got off at 247 mm. Left HBG at 330 am 81 north bad from mm 90 north. Sorry to hear about deaths.:sad-very: