On Aug. 11, the Ohio Highway Patrol reported that a truck accident in Mahoning County killed two people just before 8 p.m. The accident took place between the Ohio Turnpike and State Route 45 and involved two tractor-trailers. Troopers say that a Toyota station wagon was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer while it was slowing down in a construction zone. The Toyota was then pushed into a second tractor-trailer in front of it, and a fire broke out.
Two people in the Toyota died in the truck collision, and the driver of one of the tractor-trailers sustained minor injuries. State troopers investigating the accident closed the roadways near the accident scene until 1:30 a.m., and traffic was rerouted. It is unclear whether any criminal charges are being filed as a result of the crash.
After the truck accident, troopers said that there had been 14 motor vehicle accidents in Mahoning County and 16 deaths so far in 2015. Four of the fatal accidents had occurred in the two weeks preceding the most recent crash. A majority of the fatal accidents took place in rural areas.
Truck accidents can occur for many different reasons, but they are often a result of driver fatigue. If a truck driver was operating a big rig on very little sleep when an accident took place, victims of the accident may be able to sue the truck driver and the truck driver's employer for financial compensation. Family members of a deceased truck accident victim may file a wrongful death claim seeking damages allowed by statute.
Source: wfmj.com, "Fiery truck accident on I-76 kills two in Jackson Township," Aug. 17, 2015