According to the Pennsylvania Observer-Reporter, the Pennsylvania State Police are searching for the driver of a black Jeep who opened fire on a truck driver.
The incident occurred on Monday night on Rouge 844 in Independence Township. Police are calling the shooting a road rage incident.
Fifty-eight-year old truck driver Clyde E. Trout said that as he was driving along Route 844, a Jeep passed him, slowed down and then the driver hit his brakes. Trout then got into the left and an passed the Jeep.
As Trout passed the Jeep, the driver of the Jeep sped up and blocked Trout from reentering the right lane. The Jeep driver then fired three shots into Trout’s truck.
One bullet hit the right front tire, one hit the fuel tank and the third hit the cab steps.
Police are asking that anyone with information about the incident to call 724-223-5200.
While it is often hard to avoid road rage incidents, experts say the best thing to do is try to deescalate the situation.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has done a bit of research on the subject of dealing with road rage, and have provided some pretty valuable insight:
Back off from aggressive drivers.
It makes perfect sense that reacting aggressively to being cut off or tailgated by an erratic driver can only lead to trouble. The DMV suggests that in the event of being cut off is to remain calm, back off a little, and take a deep breath – let the aggressive drivers get past you and on their speedy way.
Don’t be an aggressive driver yourself. Habits such as tailgating, honking, light flashing, rapid lane changing, using hand gestures, or distracted driving are all characteristics of an aggressive driver. Evaluate yourself, and work to change any of these poor driving habits.
According to the DMV, you’ll also want to be sure that you’re not instigating anything out on the roadways, or practicing driving habits that could irritate other drivers. These types of behaviors include driving under the speed limit, refusing to use turning signals, slowing excessively before taking exits, failing to maintain consistent speeds, or hogging a lane.
While on the roadways, you should be considerate of the other motorists at all times, and respectful of speed limits.
If you do happen to be in a confrontational situation – resolve it quickly.
Acknowledge and apologize for any mistakes you may have made on the roadway – be sure to avoid hand gestures which could be misinterpreted as offensive, and always stay in your vehicle.
If the situation were to escalate to the point where you’re feeling threatened in an instance of road rage, protect yourself – call the police if necessary, or roll up the windows, look dead ahead, and drive yourself to the nearest police/fire station. The individual with road rage will more than likely step off, and if the harassment doesn’t stop there – you’re in the right place to have it dealt with.