Driver's Leg Amputated After Truck Overturns

A driver whose leg was partially amputated after he was trapped for hours in his box truck following a crash could be charged with careless driving, according to investigators.

Officials say 42-year-old Sequiel Serrano of Philadelphia was traveling in the southbound lanes of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Route 363 in Lansdale, Montgomery County Tuesday afternoon.

As he was driving, police say Serrano lost control of the vehicle and struck the guardrail on the southbound shoulder area. Investigators say the vehicle continued forward, damaging a large portion of the guardrail before striking a concrete bridge pier.

The truck then mounted the pier with its front end and flipped on its left side before coming to a final rest in both southbound lanes.

Serrano was then trapped inside the cab of his truck with his leg pinned beneath the steering column, according to investigators.

Rescue crews spent several hours working to free the man, but were forced to resort to amputation.

Serrano was then taken to Abington Memorial Trauma Center for treatment after his lower left leg was amputated. He is currently in fair condition. 

Southbound lanes were shut down at the location of the crash for several hours stranding drivers on the limited-access road. Lanes were later reopened as crews towed the truck away.

Repair work to the guardrail took place on Wednesday.

State Police are investigating the accident and are in the process of deciding whether Serrano should be cited for careless driving.

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