A Pennsylvania man lost his life in a tragic accident on the Turnpike. In a sad twist to this case, the man had actually worked on the Turnpike for the last 12 years. He died after a morning truck accident that involved a box truck and a work truck for the Turnpike.
The 66-year-old man died after a box truck overturned on the Turnpike. However, details surrounding the truck accident were scarce, and it is unknown exactly how the work truck was involved in the crash or if the victim was actually inside the work truck at the time. The accident trapped two of the box truck's occupants and snarled traffic. The wreck blocked two eastbound lanes and caused a seven-mile stretch of road to close.
The man's information was not released until later during the afternoon to ensure authorities had enough time to notify his family members. The man leaves behind his wife, two daughters and three grandchildren. He also served in Vietnam.
A truck accident like this can be hard to understand for family members left behind. The Pennsylvania car accident investigation takes time to complete, but it can help answer questions the family is likely to have. At this time, details about the accident are scarce, but if negligence is pointed to as a causal or contributing factor, the family may elect to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver. While workers' compensation death benefits likely apply for the victim's family, the family also retains the right to bring a civil claim against the truck driver should it be documented that negligence on his part proximately caused the fatal crash. For now though, the investigation will have to run its course so they can get the answers they need to make a determination on their next steps.
Source: The Mercury, "West Norriton man dies in Turnpike accident," Tony Fioriglio, Oct. 23, 2012