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Pennsylvania truck accident leads to serious injury

Pennsylvania officials were called to respond to a two-vehicle collision on April 18. The truck accident happened on Route 118 near Lairdsville. The 7:15 a.m. collision resulted in a closure of the road for nearly three hours.

The truck accident occurred as a driver of a Pontiac crashed into a heavy-duty dump truck not far from Lairdsville. The resulting impact caused the engine of the Pontiac to catch fire. Thankfully, a passerby was able to use a portable fire extinguisher to squelch the fire before damages and injuries worsened.

The dramatic crash caused serious injury to the Pontiac driver, who was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in reportedly critical condition. The truck driver was also treated for injuries. He was treated at Muncy Valley Hospital though further word on his condition was not immediately known.

Police will likely continue to investigate the cause of this truck accident. As they do, they will be able to review all evidence and determine what party or parties were at fault for the collision. In many truck accidents similar to this one, it is the actions of one driver that result in the collision and injuries, though it remains to be seen what the official results of this investigation will be.

Once fault is assessed, any party whose negligence caused or contributed to the collision may face liability for damages caused in a truck accident. Under Pennsylvania personal injury laws, a negligent party may be held responsible for the medical treatment and care of those injured, as well as for lost wages and other damages suffered. When a victim of an accident finds that he or she has suffered injury that is both physical and financial, it may be wise to consider a review of all relevant evidence to determine what, if any, legal action may be pursued.

Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette, "Man in critical condition after crash," Philip A. Holmes, April 19, 2012

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