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3 people killed in head-on crash

On April 3, a two-car accident in Pennsylvania resulted in the deaths of three people. The fatal collision took place in Luzerne County along southbound Interstate 81 near the Interstate 80 junction. According to troopers, the driver of one of the vehicles that was involved caused a head-on collision when he drifted into the path of oncoming traffic shortly after 6:30 a.m.

The 24-year-old Mahanoy City man who was driving in the wrong direction on the highway was killed in the auto accident. He was not wearing his seat belt at the time, according to state police. A mother, father and adult son from New York were in the vehicle that was struck. The 58-year-old mother and her 24-year-old son were killed while the 59-year-old father was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

According to investigators at the scene, the son who was killed was a passenger in the back seat and was also not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. While an investigation into the accident was underway, authorities shut down both of the southbound lanes of I-81 until around 10 a.m.

There are many cases where the driver who is responsible for a serious car accident is killed in the wreck. However, the death of the driver at fault does not take away the rights of victims to claim compensation. In a situation where one of the victims dies, surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver's estate seeking compensation that can include funeral and burial expenses and other damages.

Source:, "Three Dead After Crash on I-81 South in Luzerne County," Ryan Leckey, April 3, 2015

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