4 parts of Pennsylvania roads truckers may wish to avoid

Updated Oct 20, 2019

There are parts of several highways in Pennsylvania so dangerous that truckers may wish to avoid them.

That’s according to an analysis of data collected by Lytx between November of 2018 and August of 2019. The study was presented at the recent American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego.

The two riskiest road segments in the entire U.S. are:

  • Pennsylvania Route 309 intersection with Pennsylvania Route 145 and E. Rock Road
  • Pennsylvania Route 309 east of W. Emaus Avenue

Two other road segments in the state landed in the top five of risky places to drive. They were:

  • Interstate 84’s intersection with Pennsylvania Route 435 in Dunmore
  • Interstate 81/Pennsylvania Route 309 intersection with E Northampton Street in Wilkes-Barre Township

All four road segments are near interchanges or on/off ramps. The sudden lane changes and rapid changes in driving speed associated with these areas tend to amplify risk, especially amongst already risky drivers.

Pennsylvania had the most severe collisions of any state. The average severity level of incidents in Pennsylvania was twice as high as Texas, the only state that had more total incidents than Pennsylvania, according to Lytx’s data.

The analysis came from 5.5 million risky events and associated driving data captured from the 6.2 billion miles driven by motor carriers using the Lytx video telematics system, according to Del Lisk, vice president of safety services at Lytx.

Lytx provides machine vision and artificial intelligence-powered video telematics systems for commercial and public sector fleets.