News sources report that a three-vehicle accident in Marion Township at around 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 left a Delmar couple, a 64-year-old man and his 59-year-old wife, pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Two other drivers reported no injuries and declined transportation to a local hospital.
According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the accident occurred on I-80 at mile marker 170 and involved two 18-wheeler trucks and a Volvo all traveling westbound. The lead 18-wheeler truck slowed down for traffic, and the individual driving the Volvo also slowed down behind the truck. The second 18-wheeler truck failed to yield behind the Volvo, struck it in the rear and pushed it into the back of the first truck. Charges are pending.
When innocent lives are lost due to the actions of a reckless truck driver, the family might wish to initiate a wrongful death claim against any at-fault parties. Damages sought may include loss of a loved one, expenses for any funeral arrangements, medical bills and pain and suffering.
When a fatal accident involves tractor-trailers, there are several components to the accident investigation. Because federal guidelines allow truck drivers to operate their vehicles for only a certain amount of time, special attention will be paid to the possibility of driver fatigue due to driving too long and falsifying trucking logs. The driver and the owner of the 18-wheeler truck may also be found liable if it can be proven that either party was negligent in failing to maintain the vehicle.
Source: WTAJ, "Two Dead After I-80 Crash", November 23, 2014