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Arraignment set for trucker involved in fatal accident

Pennsylvania residents may remember a multi-vehicle accident that occurred on May 12, 2013, along Interstate 78 and claimed the lives of three individuals, including an Allentown state prosecutor. The trucker who allegedly caused the accident is set to be arraigned on Jan. 26. He is facing multiple charges, including felony counts of homicide by motor vehicle. The man was released from custody on bail of $10,000.

The accident occurred near Greenwich Township in the early afternoon when the 56-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer allegedly did not slow down for traffic ahead. According to reports, the tractor-trailer hit a vehicle driven by the Allentown state prosecutor, 52, and pushed his car into vehicles in front of it before being engulfed in flames. Other vehicles caught fire, including one whose two occupants were unable to escape their car. The truck driver attempted to back up his vehicle, but the tractor-trailer also caught on fire.

An investigation into the accident included records that showed the truck driver started driving just 90 minutes after a lengthy airplane flight. In addition, authorities claim the trucker did not pay attention to roadway alerts of stopped vehicles ahead due to a closed lane.

Roadway accidents often occur due to driver distraction and fatigue. Failing to adjust one's speed for roadway conditions may cause serious multi-vehicle accidents like in this case, particularly when large trucks are involved.

The family of individuals killed by a negligent truck driver may suffer financial difficulties due to the loss of support the decedent may have provided as well as burial and funeral costs. An attorney could help a family file a wrongful death suit against the trucker and possibly his or her employer.

Source: Lehigh Valley Live, "Trucker in Interstate 78 triple-fatal accident faces trial", Kurt Bresswein, Jan. 5, 2015

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