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Commercial truck driver dies after rolling over on Giants Despair


A truck driver passed away in Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning after losing control and rolling over on Giants Despair hill.

The crash occurred around 10 a.m. on December 19 in Laurel Run, Pennsylvania.

Police say that a 24 year old male was operating a tractor trailer on narrow East Northampton Street, which is also known as Giants Despair.

The driver lost control and the truck rolled over.

The 24 year old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trucks over 10 and a half tons are banned from Giants Despair because of the steep grade. There are several signs warning truckers to stay away.

Police are investigating the fatal crash.

Truck crashes on Giants Despair have been an ongoing problem for many years.

Last November, following a major truck crash, the Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department issued a statement condemning truckers for following GPS devices onto Giants Despair:

The number of tractor trailer crashes on the Giant have increased significantly and have unfortunately resulted in drivers and passengers being seriously injured and even killed. The operators of these trucks continue to use “passenger car” level GPS to find the shortest routes to their destinations, ending up, as in this case going down extremely steep hills, turning onto small alley ways and dead end roads, and using the neighborhood side streets of Georgetown as a runaway truck ramp. This is not acceptable. Manning the wheel of these enormous tractor trailers carries a huge responsibility on the part of the operator, and these drivers are failing in their obligations required by the possession of a commercial driver’s license.


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