Pennsylvania authorities are investigating a crash that took the life of one local woman and injured several others. The fatal truck accident happened in Clearfield County when a passenger car and a coal truck collided. At this time, details about the accident are few.
Officials are certain that the car and the truck came into contact during the morning hours at an intersection. However, it is not certain which of the drivers was at fault for the truck accident. Reports state that the car pulled into the path of the truck, but it is not clear if vehicle speed or other factors could have contributed to the crash. Three passengers in the car, including two children, and the truck driver were taken to local hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to severe.
The surviving adult in the car and the two children were transported by helicopter. The extent of their injuries and their current conditions are unknown. The truck driver reportedly received stitches at a local hospital and returned to the scene when he was released. The information gleaned from the ongoing investigation may be helpful in determining exactly what occurred to cause this fatal crash.
When an accident victim suffers injuries that are found to have been caused by another party, the at-fault party may face liability claims for the costs of recovery and other damages. The current case may be more complicated if the driver of the car is found to have caused or contributed to accident which took her own life. The relationship of the car occupants was not detailed in a news report, though the two adults lived in different communities and did not share the same last name.
When a Pennsylvania driver is found to have caused injuries or death to others in a motor vehicle accident, that individual may have to answer to criminal proceedings and civil lawsuits. While no criminal charges may be brought against a deceased party, their estate may be responsible for monetary damages if evidence discloses they were responsible for the crash. While is too soon to know what will result from this truck accident, any civil lawsuits must prove negligence before any financial award is possible. In the meantime, the focus clearly is on the life that was lost and on getting the medical care that is needed for the others to make a full recovery.
Source: wjactv.com, "1 killed, 3 injured when car collides with coal truck in Clearfield Co.," Brittany Boyer, Sept. 17, 2012