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Bizarre truck accident ends in Pennsylvania journalist's death

Driving on Pennsylvania roads can be dangerous under normal circumstances. Distracted motorists, weather and other conditions often cause collisions resulting in serious injury and even death. But one recent freak truck accident resulted in the sudden death of a respected journalist who was driving to visit family.

Officials say that a Pennsylvania woman from Norristown was killed on Saturday, April 14. The truck accident occurred on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in East Cocalico Township. A truck apparently hit the edge of a road construction sign, sending it crashing into the windshield of the journalist's car. The incident caused her vehicle to collide with a box truck and then a concrete barrier, eventually coming to a rest in a ditch on the side of the road.

The victim was airlifted to a hospital. Medical personnel attempted to save her life, but the journalist passed away two days later. The driver of the box truck was reportedly uninjured in the truck accident.

The family of the woman who perished in this sudden and seemingly senseless accident has suffered a great loss. No amount of money can replace the life of the 31-year-old victim. However, Pennsylvania law does provide for the right of a surviving family to pursue a wrongful death claim when evidence indicates the fatality was caused by the negligence of another party. In any case, surviving family members of a victim may find it helpful to assess the official report of the incident to determine what, if any, legal options they wish to initiate. A successful claim may provide some closure by holding negligent parties accountable while also ensuring reimbursement for monetary damages suffered, including pain and suffering occasioned by a crash.

Source: KSEE24, "Freak Accident Kills Journalist After Roadsign Slams Through Windshield," April 17, 2012

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