A deadly accident involving seven victims, four of whom were children under the age of 10, has sparked interest in Houston and through the nation and led to questions about the cause of a trailer uncoupling from a big rig. The car accident occurred on a rural highway in upstate New York and may lead to charges against the truck driver when the investigation of the crash is complete.
At the time of the accident, an area resident was piloting a minivan carrying two family groups through the small town of Truxton, about 25 miles south of Syracuse. The van was hit by a flying trailer carrying crushed vehicles that somehow came uncoupled from the truck pulling it. The trailer slammed into the van, pushing it to the side of the road and killing seven people instantly. The driver of the van was taken to a hospital with injuries.
Firefighters and rescue personnel responding to the scene expressed dismay at the level of destruction caused by the trailer. At one point, the trailer had to be jacked up to retrieve two of the bodies that were pinned beneath it. Evidence at the scene indicated that the van’s driver tried to maneuver out of the way when he saw the oncoming trailer but was unable to do so.
A personal injury attorney may represent those who have lost loved ones due to the actions of an at-fault driver. Wrongful death lawsuits may result in the payment of damages to surviving family members, including the loss of love and affection of a relative, lost future income, pain and suffering, medical costs and funeral expenses.
Source: CBS Los Angeles, “Runaway trailer kills 7 in N.Y., including 4 kids,” May 30, 2013