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Did Truck Driver Inattention And Mattress Cause Fatal I-83 Tractor Trailer Accident?

Posted Scott B. Cooper on Feb 22, 2013 in Truck Accidents

A crash that killed a Dillsburg man on northbound Interstate 83 Thursday afternoon resulted from a mattress falling off of a vehicle onto the highway, state police said.

Brian Jacobs, 46, of Dillsburg, was killed when his S&W Petroleum Services truck was rear ended by a tractor-trailer and collided with another S&W truck near mile marker 22 in Manchester Township, York County around 4:35 p.m.

Both S&W trucks were traveling in the right lane when they slowed down for a mattress which had fallen onto the highway. According to state police, the driver of the tractor-trailer did not realize the two service trucks were slowing down and hit the second truck, which smashed into the rear of the first truck, igniting a fire. State police said it was unclear if Jacobs died from the impact or the fire.

The driver of the first service truck, Gordon Myers, 64, of Lewisberry, was taken to York Hospital and was listed with serious injuries as of 11:20 p.m. The driver of the tractor trailer, Michael Grandmaison, 51, of Maine, was taken to York Hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the vehicle from which the mattress fell did stop and was cooperating with the investigation, according to state police.

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