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Serious and fatal injuries suffered in box truck crash

A single vehicle accident can quickly involve multiple vehicles on a busy highway like Interstate 95. When a driver loses control of his or her vehicle, other vehicles on the road may not have time to avoid a collision. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that this was the cause of a crash that took place at approximately 1:30 a.m. on a recent Friday. One person was killed and three others suffered injuries.

The accident involved a box truck filled with thousands of pounds of newspapers, a wrecker towing a semi-truck and an SUV, all of which were heading northbound. Somehow, the driver of the box truck lost control of the vehicle. The truck bounced off the guardrail and flipped over in the northbound lanes.

The wrecker struck the box truck and then careened through the median, through the southbound lanes and into the woods on that side of the Interstate. The SUV struck the wreckage of the box truck as well. Not surprisingly, the driver of the box truck succumbed to fatal injuries in the crash.

The 63-year-old driver of the SUV was seriously injured and taken to an area hospital. Two other people who were in the SUV also suffered unknown injuries for which they, too, were transported to the hospital. The 30-year-old driver of the wrecker suffered minor injuries.

The parties who suffered injuries in this crash may be able to file personal injury claims against the estate of the box truck driver and the deceased trucker's employer, along with any other parties who may be deemed responsible for the tragic accident. Establishing negligence could require a thorough reconstruction of the accident and other supporting evidence. If a Florida civil court rules that the parties' injuries were caused by the negligent actions of another, an award of damages may be considered.

Source: firstcoastnews.com, "FHP: I-95 reopens after 1 killed in crash near St. Augustine outlets", Sept. 18, 2015

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