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Accident on Ohio Turnpike kills 1, injures 5

A crash involving six passenger vehicles and one semitrailer closed down the eastbound side of the Ohio Turnpike for approximately five hours on Oct. 19. A 58-year-old man died at the scene of the truck accident.

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol authorities, the semi-truck was carrying a load of office furniture when its driver, also age 58, did not properly yield to traffic that was slowing while entering a construction zone. The big-rig hit the victim's passenger car, and five more vehicles were ultimately involved. The incident took place at eastbound mile marker 48.

Investigators have determined that alcohol was not a contributing factor, but OSHP officials say that the semi driver will be charged in the collision. No specific charges were given yet. Law enforcement reported that both the deceased man and the truck driver were wearing seat belts. Two individuals with life-threatening injuries were transported by helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent's Medical Center while three others with less severe injuries were taken by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital.

When a big-rig collides with a passenger car like in this case, the occupant of the smaller vehicle may stand a high chance of injury or death due to the massive size and weight of the semi-truck. In a situation of this type, if charges are brought against the truck driver, the deceased victim's family might be able to cite the charges as evidence in a civil lawsuit that seeks compensation for damages. In such a suit, family members might be reimbursed for costs connected to the accident such as loss of future income and companionship.

Source: NBC 24, "1 killed, 5 injured in Ohio Turnpike crash", Angi Gonzalez, October 20, 2014

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