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Truck accident leads to Pennsylvania woman's death

Trucks, by their very nature, can cause large and unpredictable crashes. Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. One wrong move, a careless mistake or even poor conditions on a Pennsylvanian road can cause complex truck accidents. These accidents often have the potential to involve multiple vehicles.

Whether a truck accident involves many cars or just a few, they often lead to serious injuries for those involved in the accident. When a smaller vehicle becomes entangled in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, the risk is amplified. It is when this occurs that the chance for fatalities also increases.

Unfortunately, another truck accident has led to a fatality here in Pennsylvania. Earlier this month, a box truck was traveling east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike when it struck the center median with a construction sign attached to it.

Upon impact, the sign flew into the air. It crashed through the window of a car traveling westbound. A 33-year-old journalist was driving the car. She was struck in the head and lost control of her vehicle. She then hit another car before spinning around, striking the center median and coming to a stop.

The woman was rushed to a local hospital where she eventually died. Neither the driver of the other car nor the driver of the box truck was hurt in the accident.

The cause of the truck accident is still under investigation.

This case is a prime example of the impact of large trucks on Pennsylvania roadways. What may have been a fender-bender, if no truck had been involved, spiraled into a multi-car fatal accident. The chain reaction was set off by the large truck, causing fatal injury and property damage.

Source: NBC 10 Philadelphia, "Flying highway sign kills Pa. woman," Karen Araiza and Terry Ruggles, April 17, 2012

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