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Big rig collision starts 7-vehicle chain reaction

Anyone who has traveled the Interstate Highway System has seen two semi-trailer trucks driving abreast as one attempts to pass the other. The two trucks occupy almost the entire roadway, leaving little margin for error. A truck accident involving two big rigs near Pulaski, Va. was the beginning of a seven-vehicle accident that injured four people.

The two semis were traveling south when one struck the other. The collision forced both trucks into the median strip between the north and southbound lanes. The first truck stopped in the median, but the other truck continued into the northbound lanes, where it struck five vehicles. The truck then crossed both northbound lands and stopped when it hit the guardrail.

Both truck drivers were wearing their seat belts, and neither was injured. A woman in one of the passenger vehicles was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Three other people who had be riding in the passenger vehicles were treated for minor injuries. The driver of the truck that began the chain reaction was charged with reckless driving.

Fortunately for the individuals involved in this accident, no one died and no one suffered life-threatening injuries. Nevertheless, at least one victim required hospitalization for treatment of injuries that may have a permanent effect on the person's ability to work or lead a normal life. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a multivehicle accident may wish to consult a lawyer who handles truck accident cases for advice on the facts and law of the case and for an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages from the parties who were at fault.

Source: WDBJ 7, "Tractor trailer driver charged with reckless driving after 7-vehicle accident," Dec. 27, 2017

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