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An investigation is underway in a recent deadly Ohio accident. The multiples crashes killed three people on the Ohio Turnpike. An Ohio state trooper was also injured in the incident.

Initial investigation results point to weather, road conditions, and speed as contributing factors. Prosecutors will soon receive this first report and decide whether or not to press charges in connection with the crashes. Law enforcement was quick to point out that tractor-trailers and driver error certainly played a role. Especially when weather is bad, drivers have a duty to drive reasonably given the poor conditions, and this may mean slowing down.

According to authorities, a 20-year-old passenger of a Ford Focus suffered devastating injuries and did not survive when a tractor-trailer rear-ended the car. The Ford was stopped between lanes because of another crash farther ahead.

The 46-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer said that he did not notice the car. He said that he was trying to maneuver around the stopped or slowed traffic and that his speed was around 40 to 45 mph.

The damage did not stop there. A highway trooper was injured as he responded to this truck accident. Another semi-truck crashed into the vehicles and the trooper became pinned in between cars. The driver of this semi was killed at the scene.

Investigators are requesting help from motorists who may have witnessed the accidents, asking people to send any pictures. Attention may also turn to the trucking companies that employed the drivers of tractor-trailers and semis involved.

Victims of semi-trailer accidents may have enormous medical bills and costs associated with recovery. If a truck driver negligently caused a crash by speeding or driving carelessly, the driver may be liable to cover those costs. Trucking companies and employers may also be held financially responsible for their employees and an attorney can explain whether or not it is a good option to pursue a lawsuit against a responsible party.

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