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Semitrailer crash on major freeway kills 1

New Jersey police are investigating a fatal truck accident that caused a gridlock on the New Jersey Turnpike. The Sept. 26 incident claimed the life of one individual and injured another, authorities said.

According to the report, the crash occurred at about 5 a.m. when a 58-year-old man driving a northbound Jeep crashed into the roadway's barrier. He reportedly lost the ability to control his car. A northbound tractor-trailer approaching the scene was unable to brake in time in order to avoid a collision.

Due to the impact, the big-rig overturned and blocked all express lanes. First responders to the scene declared the truck driver dead and took the Jeep driver, who suffered head injuries, to Hackensack Hospital for treatment; he was listed in stable condition. An investigation into the crash is being conducted by officials with the Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the New Jersey State Police Newark Station.

Car accidents may leave a victim with catastrophic injuries. In situations where a driver died because of the negligent actions of another motorist, the victim's family may wish to consult with a local lawyer in regards to filing a wrongful death lawsuit. By reviewing the official police report and witness statements, for example, the lawyer might uncover information suggesting that the driver accused of causing the wreck was negligent at the time. In some instances, it may be possible for the family to receive an out-of-court settlement. Compensation for this type of claim may cover the family's losses such as medical and burial expenses.

Source: WABC, "2 lanes reopened after fatal crash at George Washington Bridge approach ", September 26, 2014

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