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Ohio girl killed in run-in with lumber truck

Many aspects of trucks and semi-tractor trailers make them dangerous on the road. One of these factors is the type of cargo and loads that the trucks carry. To save time and money, truckers and trucking companies may push the limits and overload trucks or the loads may be unbalanced. For some cargo this may not be an issue but with lumber, it's easy to see why weight limits and properly stacked contents are important.

A tractor-trailer carrying lumber was recently involved in a truck accident on Route 119 near Sand Plant Road and the Kanawha-Lincoln county line in Ohio. The accident left a 16-year-old girl dead and her mother injured. The mother is currently recovering at a hospital in Charleston. She was listed in critical condition following the accident.

The sheriff's office reported that the tractor-trailer was driving south when the driver lost control of the truck. When he lost control, he ran into the concrete median and crossed over into the north-travelling lanes. At this point, the truck overturned and then crashed into the second car, carrying the young girl and her mother. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The truck driver was treated at a hospital but later released. Lumber was scattered on the road, closing it for a few hours after the crash. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident and why the driver lost control.

The accident is especially tragic with the young death and the girl's friends are having trouble with the loss and not seeing her at school. She was in 11th grade.

If the investigation reveals that the truck driver or trucking company acted negligently in causing the accident, then the young girl's family may be able to recover compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: WSAZ News Channel 3, "UPDATE: Mom Inujred in Fatal DUI Crash Improving," Rahel Solomon, Anna Baxter, Jennifer Rizzi, March 29, 2013

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