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Dump truck crash kills 1, backs up traffic for hours

Louisiana motorists may have heard about the recent big truck crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, one of the country's busiest toll roads. The truck crash reportedly happened on Aug. 4 in Linden around 10:30 a.m.

According to reports, the truck involved was a dump truck that struck an overpass. The collision sparked a fire and backed up traffic on the turnpike for a mile and one-half. The traffic mess lasted for hours, stranding people on the highway.

One person died as a result of the accident. Law enforcement authorities closed the lanes of the roadway due to concerns about the structural integrity of the overpass. They also had to have utility workers come to repair gas and utility lines that ran on the underside of the overpass. Eventually, police did reopen a truck lane to move traffic off of the turnpike. The lanes were not reopened until after 10 p.m.

The New Jersey accident demonstrates exactly how catastrophic a commercial vehicle accident can be. Trucks have the potential to cause serious injury or death when they cause accidents, simply due to their huge size and weight. Because of the potential dangers posed by large trucks, the industry is highly regulated. When a person dies in an accident due to the negligence of a truck driver, their family may want to think about filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In such a lawsuit, both the truck driver and the trucking company may be named as defendants. A personal injury attorney may help the survivors by drafting the complaint seeking damages that could include funeral and burial expenses as well as other amounts permitted by statute.

Source: ABC News, "Truck crash ties up New Jersey Turnpike for hours; 1 dead," Associated Press, Aug. 4, 2015.

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