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Truck accident leaves one driver in critical condition

A tow truck driver who was on the shoulder of the road on westbound U.S. 30 in Ohio was hit by a 2001 Ford 250 pickup truck. He suffered injuries that sent him to a hospital where he was described to be in critical condition. He was working on changing a flat tire at the time on the front wheel of a box truck.

The pickup truck, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol, ran over the feet of the 30-year-old tow truck driver. He was also reportedly hit in the head by a portion of the pickup's mirror. His injuries were serious enough that he had to be rushed by airlift to a hospital for proper treatment. Injuries in most Ohio truck accidents tend to be serious, in part based on the heavy weight of these moving vehicles.

The 18-year-old driver of the pickup truck did not initially stop at the scene of the accident, but did pull over at a distance estimated to be between a quarter mile and a half mile away. Three passengers in the pickup truck were questioned by law enforcement officers who believed that the accident did not involve the use of alcohol as so many truck accidents do. While no charges have yet been filed against the pickup's driver, an Ohio Highway Patrol Sergeant stated that information from the investigation was being submitted to prosecutors, and that felony charges might result.

In addition to any criminal charges, the tow truck driver could have a viable personal injury lawsuit against the pickup truck driver to recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and for any continuing disability.

While the sergeant did not specify what the charge might be, state law does require that drivers move their vehicles over when there is an emergency vehicle, such as a tow truck, that is stationary, with lights on, on a highway shoulder. In this case, according to the sergeant, the pickup truck did not move over.


Source: 
Land Line, "Trucker's watchful eye, decisive action plays role in roadside accident" Charlie Morasch, Oct. 07, 2013

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