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Collision on Pennsylvania Turnpike kills one and injures two

Daily commutes often mean dealing with traffic and delays. Locals of West Virginia and nearby residents who drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike understand that car and truck accidents that occur on the turnpike can result in huge delays. The amount of vehicles that utilize this roadway is tremendous. Keeping the road up-to-date and hazard-free is crucial. Road and construction workers are frequently fixing the road to make the road safe for the numerous travelers. The addition of these utility vehicles and workers increases traffic as well as risks of accidents.

A truck accident recently occurred on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Preliminary investigation indicated that a box truck heading east struck a maintenance worker's vehicle. This crash caused the death of one worker and the hospitalization of two maintenance workers. The condition of the driver of the box truck has not been released at this time, and no injuries to the truck driver were reported. Officials closed the eastbound lanes between Norristown and Valley Forge for about six hours while emergency crews assisted the injured and cleared the road so other vehicles could safely travel through the accident site.

The accident is still under investigation, and the cause of the collision is still not known. Families in situations such as this may be able to file a wrongful death suit, which would assist with funeral costs, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. In addition, injured workers may be able to bring a personal injury suit, which would cover any medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation and pain and suffering that resulted from the accident.

Whether it is a busy major road or a quiet country road, drivers should always be aware of any maintenance vehicles or workers. Watching speeds and avoiding any distractive activities is extremely important. Drivers should attempt to change lanes and reduce speeds when driving in close proximity to workers.

Source:, "Pa. Turnpike worker killed in box truck crash," Oct. 23, 2012

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