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Former ambassador injured in cement truck accident

Ohio residents may be aware of the June 11 accident involving the former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young. The 83-year-old man was taken to Emory University Midtown Hospital to receive treatment for a shin injury as a result of the accident. Young reportedly was able to walk away from the accident.

He was traveling as a passenger in one of two vehicles that were struck when a cement truck fell on them. The truck driver was cited for driving too fast for road conditions and disobeying a traffic control device. The accident caused diesel fuel to spill from the truck at the scene. Authorities did not immediately release the truck driver's identity.

The ambassador's car was reportedly totaled in the accident. A second man was taken to the hospital with head and hand injuries after bystanders from the crushed vehicle he was traveling in. The extent of the second man's injuries were unclear as of June 12. The make and model of the injured driver's car was not obvious at the scene. It is also unclear how many others were involved in the accident.

Many truck collisions involving multiple vehicles that are caused by the negligence of a truck driver may result in one or more personal injury claims. Those who are injured may choose to pursue civil recourse against the truck driver and, in some cases, the driver's employer. In a personal injury lawsuit, an injured plaintiff may seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and property damage.

Source: USA Today, "Andrew Young involved in accident with cement truck", Associated Press, May 12, 2015

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