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Wrong-Way Driver Killed in Massachusetts Turnpike Accident
An accident in Massachusetts on March 9 left one woman dead and another injured when a vehicle crashed head-on with a semi. All traffic on the turnpike was halted as the wreckage was cleared, and an investigation into the accident proceeded.
A Taunton woman, 22, died at the accident site. The truck driver, 52, was helicoptered to a Worcester medical center after being extricated from her vehicle. At the time of this report, details about the woman’s injuries or her condition at the hospital are unavailable.
According to a state police representative, the truck accident happened at about 8:40 a.m. when the driver of a Honda Element, heading east on the Massachusetts Turnpike, reportedly crossed over into the westbound lanes where she hit a westbound tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer, driven by the woman from Rhode Island, was forced into the opposing westbound lane. The Honda driver was thrown out of her vehicle.
The reason the driver crossed over into the westbound lanes was still being investigated at the time. The troopers were assisted in this effort by an accident reconstruction team along with a criminal investigation unit.
As in this case, when a driver fails to adhere to the rules of the road and crosses over into oncoming traffic, other motorists may be seriously injured. This may happen due to a number of reasons, potentially including substance impairment or distracted driving.
A motorist injured by a negligent driver may suffer physical and financial harm due to medical bills and lost time from work. Speaking with an attorney may be helpful in order to recover pecuniary damages. The attorney may review accident information and file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver, his or her insurance or estate.
Source: MassLive.com, “Driver killed in Mass Pike accident a 22-year-old woman from Taunton: state police,” Patrick Johnson, March 9, 2015
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