State Police: Tractor Trailer Overturns After Fatigued Woman Accidentally Exits I-80

tractor-trailerPINE CREEK TWP., Pa. (EYT) – State Police say driver fatigue played a role in a tractor trailer crash that shut down a portion of Route 28 in the Brookville area earlier today.

Punxsutawney-based State Police say the collision occurred when a 2007 Volvo tractor trailer failed to stop at a posted stop sign after exiting Interstate 80 East.

Police say the tractor trailer, operated by Ha T. Tran, 62, of Houston, Texas, traveled across the intersection and into the southbound lane of Route 28 before overturning.

The tractor trailer came to a rest on its driver’s side, covering all lanes of Route 28.

Tran was freed from the truck by a witness to the accident and transported to Brookville Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Photo by Ben Marshall.

Photo by Ben Marshall.

After interviewing the driver, police determined that she was fatigued and possibly fell asleep while operating the vehicle. Police say Tran mistook the off ramp for the highway and was startled when she realized that she was traveling towards the cement divider in the median of Route 28.

Police say Tran then steered to the right, causing the truck to overturn.

Tran was cited with numerous traffic and equipment violations.

Pine Creek Fire Company, Jefferson County EMS, Jefferson County PennDOT, PA Department of Agriculture, Troop C Motor Safety Assistance Program Troopers, and Bricen Towing assisted at the scene.

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