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12 injured, 3 dead in fatal truck accident

Semi-trucks can often be seen on Pennsylvania roadways. These commercial vehicles moves goods across the state and the country. Many people may just think of these trucks as nuisances on the roadways, however, they can be very dangerous.

When truck drivers do not safely operate these heavy machines lives can easily be lost. In a recent Pennsylvania accident, three people were killed and 12 were injured in a chain reaction accident caused by a semi-truck.

According to reports, the truck accident occurred when a tractor trailer smashed into the rear of a car on Interstate 78. A chain reaction of crashes occurred as a result; however, the exact details of the incident are unknown.

The initial collision caused a fire to occur, which trapped the 52-year-old driver of the car inside. That driver died on the scene. Reports claim that the fire quickly spread to other two other cars that were in the center median following the initial impact. The driver and passenger of one of those cars also died.

Police are currently investigating the accident to try and determine why it occurred. Reports have said the truck driver will likely face some sort of citation or charges as a result of the fatal truck accident. If a truck accident investigation shows that the truck driver was negligent then that driver, and the truck company, could also face civil penalties.

In a civil suit, negligent truck drivers can be held financially responsible for the damage they have caused. If drivers fail to follow federal trucking regulations, break traffic laws, drive under the influence or are distracted while behind the wheel, then they are likely negligent. Truck drivers hold a tremendous amount of power in their hands, when they fail to respect that power, they should be held accountable.

Source: WFMZ, "Police identify three victims of fiery I-78 accident," Liz Kilmer, May 14, 2014

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