Marine killed in multi-vehicle accident in Pennsylvania

A Marine on active duty was killed in Springville Township on Jan. 2 in a four-vehicle accident when his car was struck by a water tanker truck. At the time of reporting, an investigation into the accident was ongoing.

The staff sergeant, 27, from Camp Lejeune, who had served tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq, was reportedly stopped at the intersection of Routes 29 and 3004 at about 4:30 p.m. in a Dodge Durango when a Tioga truck driver crashed into the staff sergeant's SUV. The SUV was pushed into a Kenworth tractor-trailer ahead of his vehicle. The Kenworth, in turn, struck another tractor-trailer.

Both the SUV and the tractor-trailer in front of it burst into flames. According to accounts of the accident, the fire made it difficult to identify the sergeant. A representative of the Pennsylvania State Police said that the drivers of the other vehicles were uninjured in the accident.

When a truck driver's duty to safely navigate roads is neglected, it may cause serious injury or death to others. The family of an individual killed by a commercial truck may face unexpected financial burdens, such as loss of income that the individual provided, as well as funeral and burial expenses. An attorney may be able to assist the family in filing a wrongful death suit against the driver to recover expenses. An attorney might review police records and accident reconstruction reports to determine fault. If the commercial driver is proven to be at fault in the accident, the driver's employer might also be listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Source: The Times Tribune, "Susquehanna crash victim was Marine father of two," Brendan Gibbons, Jan. 3, 2015

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