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Mar 8, 2013 |

THREE-TRUCK CRASHED CAUSED BY FALLEN MATTRESS KILLS ONE

Mar 8, 2013 - Truck Accidents

No matter what time of day, residents usually witness semi-trucks and tractor-trailers on major roads in Pennsylvania en route to their destinations. The high frequency of trucks on the roads can increase the likelihood of a truck accident occurring on the roadway. These massive vehicles can create a large accident site that will not only block traffic but could also cause other vehicles or even trucks to become involved in the collision. A crash involving these enormous trucks could cause severe damage to other vehicles, serious injuries and even fatalities.

A chain-reaction collision occurred on Interstate 83 and the accident was caused by fallen debris on the roadway. It was determined that a mattress fell off of a vehicle and was the culprit to a three-truck crash. When approaching the mattress on the interstate, two service trucks slowed down. This caused a tractor-trailer traveling behind the second service truck to slam into it from behind. This sent the service truck crashing into the first service truck. This three-vehicle collision caused a fiery accident scene. Emergency crews responded to the collision. The driver of the second service truck did not survive the crash. The other two drivers were suffered injuries and were transported to the hospital.

Police are still investigating the accident. The driver of the vehicle who lost the mattress stopped at the accident site and is cooperating with the investigation. A person injured or killed in an accident like this could file a personal injury claim or a wrongful death suit. The injured could receive compensation for cost incurred such as medical bills, damages and pain and suffering. The family of the deceased could receive compensation to cover funeral costs, lost wages and damages.

Whether it is a negligent driver or purely an accident, collision can occur at any time on any road. Remaining alert and cautious is important and drivers should watch their speeds and avoid using their phones while driving.

Source: ABC News, “Mattress on Pa. Highway Causes Fiery 3-Truck Crash,” Feb. 22, 2013

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