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Pennsylvania truck accident leaves victims dead and injured

An unusual accident occurred recently in Pennsylvania that involved a mattress falling off the roof of a car. The incident led to the death of one man and injury to others. The fatal truck accident took place on Interstate 83. Now officials are investigating exactly what happened.

According to an early report, a car carrying a mattress lost its cargo on the roadway. Two service trucks from a petroleum company saw the mattress on the road and slowed to avoid it. Behind them was an approaching tractor-trailer. Failing to anticipate that the service trucks had slowed, the driver of the tractor-trailer truck did not stop in time and smashed into the back of one of the service trucks.

The impact caused the service truck to crash into the other service truck, and a fire erupted. The driver of the second service truck died in the crash and the other driver was injured. The injured man and the tractor-trailer driver were both taken to a Pennsylvania medical facility for treatment. The driver of the car that carried the mattress stopped at the scene and cooperated with authorities.

As police investigate the truck accident, they will likely review all available information including the accounts of eyewitnesses. The details that they learn may help to answer questions as to why the tractor-trailer driver failed to stop before causing the fatal incident. In addition, the surviving victims of the truck accident may find that they are able to make a claim using our state's personal injury laws. Such a claim could include the cost of recovery, medical care and lost wages. Though not always available in every such accident, in cases where victims suffered injury as a result of the actions of another, a claim may be warranted.

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

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