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Multiple vehicle crash shuts down Louisiana highway

A fatal wreck involving three vehicles prompted authorities to temporarily close Interstate 59 on Dec. 30. One individual was killed and three were injured in the accident. Police say the major chain-reaction crash occurred at about 7 p.m. when a northbound SUV in the southbound lane hit a truck, which then smashed into a four-door sedan. Passersby were then able to free the occupants from their vehicles until rescue personnel and law enforcement officials arrived at the scene.

The sedan caught on fire just as its three occupants were freed. One of the occupants died from his injuries. Three medical helicopters arrived to take the other two occupants and a third crash victim to LSU Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.Because the victims were removed from their vehicles by passersby, police had no way of knowing if they were wearing their seat belts.

A fatal car accident can result in severe hardships for the surviving family members of the decedent. In addition to having to deal with the emotional trauma resulting from the sudden loss of a loved one, they may face both immediate and long term financial consequences as well.

Funeral and burial expenses have to be met, and in some cases the decedent was the breadwinner, which means that the family will need to find a way to make up for those financial contributions. When it can be determined that the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, such as one who was driving the wrong way, an attorney could suggest the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit as a way to seek compensation for those losses.

Source: NOLA, "I-59 shut down Friday night due to major crash", Chris Grillot, Dec. 31, 2016

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