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Towanda sees deadly evening car crash

Pennsylvania's highways see many car accidents every day. While the road can be dangerous and unpredictable during the day, driving at night can pose its own sets of challenges. Visibility is often reduced and people can be tired. Under these conditions it is easy for people to get distracted and drive negligently. And, when people are not paying attention, car crashes happen.

On October 9, one person was killed in an accident in Towanda while driving at night. The accident took place near the crossing of Route 2027 and U.S. Route 220. The details are unclear; however, it appears that a crash occurred between a pickup truck and an RV that was hauling a car.

Following the collision, the RV and the car it was towing were sent down an embankment. However, neither the driver nor the passengers of the RV were injured in the crash. The driver of the pickup truck was not so lucky. The impact was apparently centered on the left side of the pickup, causing severe injuries to the driver. He died at the scene.

Route 220 was closed for hours as the police tried to determine what happened by investigating the scene. They will likely try to discover which party is at fault in the accident and determine if negligence played a role.

If a person causes a car crash because of their negligence, they could be liable for the damage suffered by others. Every driver has a strict duty of care to others on the road and must drive reasonably under the circumstances. If a driver breaches this duty by driving negligently, those hurt could have legal claims. In the event of a fatal crash, the families of the deceased may also have the right to compensation.

Source: The Daily Review, "Crash in Towanda Township kills one," James Loewenstein, Oct. 10, 2012

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