A traffic backup due to a construction project at the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in Warren County is believed to have contributed to a fatal collision on April 28. According to the state highway patrol, a 51-year-old Lebanon man was pronounced dead at the scene following a collision involving the commercial van that he was driving and three tractor-trailers. Officials say that the crash occurred when one of the big rigs failed to slow for stopped traffic.
The deadly incident happened on Interstate 71 around 9:30 a.m. Reports indicate that the van, which was stopped behind one semi, was forced off the roadway when a second semi struck it from behind. A third semi was reportedly unable to avoid the accident and crashed into both wrecked trucks.
The Lebanon Highway Patrol Post's investigation into the fatal series of events was ongoing at the time of the report, and authorities have released few additional details about the accident. However, a passing motorist told news sources that one semi appeared to have crashed head-on into the side of a rig whose trailer was blocking all of the southbound lanes as well as part of the median.
When a life ends in a automobile accident, surviving family members may suddenly find themselves overwhelmed by the unexpected loss. Although no award can reverse a tragic event, financial compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of future earnings and other economic and non-economic losses could provide the resources family members need to begin rebuilding their lives.
Source: Cincinnati.com, "Victim identified in fatal I-71 crash near Wilmington," Keith BieryGolick, April 28, 2015
Source: wdtn.com, "Victim identified in fatal crash on I-71," Paul Rodzinka, April 28, 2015