The number of heavy truck crashes in Pennsylvania last year dropped by 7.2 percent compared with 2011, but the number of fatalities increased slightly, according to state statistics released this week.
In 2012, there were 5,889 heavy truck crashes on Pennsylvania roads, or 455 fewer crashes than the previous year, according to PennDOT statistics on crashes and fatalities.
The number of fatalities in heavy truck crashes edged up by four to 159 total last year, or 2.6 percent greater than 2011, according to the state.
In Central Pennsylvania's five-county region, there were 826 heavy truck crashes last year, a decrease of 17.7 percent from 2011, according to state statistics. Midstate fatalities, however, increased by one to 25 last year.
PennDOT released annual crash statistics on April 2 that showed similar results with total crashes decreasing across the state but fatalities rising. Although deaths on Pennsylvania's roads increased, they're generally trending downward, according to the state.
Here's a look at 2012 heavy truck crash statistics and their changes by county: