Even a relatively minor motor vehicle accident can be deeply disturbing. A second, more serious accident shortly following the first one is almost unthinkable.

Nevertheless, the unthinkable occurred recently near Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, under wet road conditions. First, a passenger vehicle crashed into concrete barriers after spinning out on PA 581 Eastbound. That crash resulted in no injuries. While one of the vehicle’s occupants was inside the tow truck that arrived to assist, a tractor-trailer lost control and struck both the passenger vehicle and the tow-truck before rolling over.

Trapped inside the tow truck

While the occupant of the passenger vehicle, a woman of unspecified age, was inside the tow truck, the tractor-trailer struck the cab portion and crushed it after first striking the passenger vehicle. The woman sustained serious injuries and became trapped inside the cab of the tow truck. It took 45 minutes to release her from the vehicle. Her current medical condition is unknown.

Ongoing investigation

Reports indicate that the driver of the tractor-trailer sustained minor injuries. It is not clear whether the woman who sustained injuries as a result of the second collision was the only occupant of the passenger vehicle, only that there is no record of any injuries resulting from the initial collision.

State authorities have launched their own investigation into the accident and have asked anyone who witnessed it to contact them with information. Thus far, authorities have not indicated whether the driver of the tractor-trailer could have been overdriving conditions or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, such factors could certainly contribute to a truck accident resulting in serious injuries to others involved in the crash, if present.