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Pennsylvania woman killed in truck accident

Roadways are often bombarded with large trucks moving freight and other goods all over the country. While these trucks are important to Pennsylvania's economy, they can also pose a big danger to other drivers. Distracted or fatigued truck drivers can easily cause multi-vehicle accidents and serious injuries to other drivers.

Semi-trailer trucks outweigh smaller vehicles by several tons. Cars are no match for semis or other large trucks, and those involved in truck accidents may have lifelong injuries. Truck companies can often hold the key to why these accidents occur and can have valuable information including the truck's maintenance records and the truck logs. These documents can be important to accident victims as they seek compensation for their injuries.

On May 29, a Pennsylvania woman was killed in a head-on collision with a coal truck. The woman was driving home from visiting family in Ohio in a small sport utility vehicle. The woman was driving east on Route 422 when she moved into the westbound lane to pass a coal truck. While in the westbound lane, she hit another coal truck head-on. The coal truck caught fire as a result of the accident.

After the initial collision, the woman's car spun around and the driver of the eastbound coal truck had to maneuver his truck to avoid colliding with the woman's car. The woman was then thrown from her car, and she died on the scene. The woman's husband, who was in the passenger seat of the car, was also injured in the accident. The driver of the second coal truck suffered minor injuries as well.

As in all truck accidents, investigators might be able to find out more about the cause of the accident if they examine the trucks' maintenance records. This woman's family will want to know what caused the accident, who was at fault and if the accident could have been prevented.

Source: WTAE, "Fatal accident involving coal truck along Route 422 in Armstrong County," May 29, 2012

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