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Pennsylvania truck accident kills 1, severely injures another

Clay Township, a small Pennsylvania town near West Sunbury and only 45 miles north of Pittsburgh, was the sight of a fatal accident on June 11. The truck accident occurred in the early morning hours of that Monday and involved both a car and a garbage truck. The car driver died at the scene, and his passenger was listed in critical condition at a Pittsburgh-area hospital after being thrown from the vehicle during the crash.

The rural Western Pennsylvania truck accident occurred when a Chevrolet Camaro veered into the lane of an oncoming garbage truck around 4:45 a.m. The driver of the large hauling truck unsuccessfully attempted to avoid the collision. The violent impact of the crash caused the Camaro to wrap around a tree on the side of the roadway.

Police will presumably investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash in order to determine who did what and when. Investigators typically work to determine an official cause of a collision by reviewing physical evidence such as skid marks and other evidence at the scene, as well as speaking with eyewitnesses. Though there is no report of any suspected intoxication of either driver in this unfortunate matter, it may be the case that a toxicology test is administered.

The injuries to the passenger in the car appear to have been severe and may require many weeks or even months of recovery. During this recovery time, she may find that she is suffering not only emotionally and physically from her injuries, but also financially due to time away from her job. Once all of the facts are known regarding this truck accident, she may elect to assess her rights under Pennsylvania law to pursue a personal injury claim against any party whose negligence is deemed to have caused or contributed to the horrific crash.

Source: The Sentinel, "1 dead, 1 critical in Pa. car-garbage truck crash," June 11, 2012

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