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Semi-truck pileup inflicts grave damage but no fatalities

Three tractor-trailers and one SUV were involved in an accident in Wright City on Sept. 22, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. The Interstate 70 crash occurred at about 5:05 a.m.

That is when the 28-year-old driver of a semi-truck lost control of the vehicle and veered off the left side of the highway, according to MHP. The semi-truck ultimately flipped and came to a halt lying across the highway near mile marker 199, officials said.

Unable to elude the flipped tractor-trailer, a Jeep Grand Cherokee and two other semi-trucks became involved in the wreck. According to the MHP, it was dark outside at the time of the multi-vehicle event.

Two truckers involved in the accident, the 28-year-old man driving the first tractor-trailer and a 58-year-old man driving one of the other tractor-trailers, suffered injuries requiring aerial transport to a hospital. While the Jeep sustained serious damage, its driver survived the wreck with minor injuries, authorities stated. In fact, there were no fatalities resulting from the pileup, reportedly. It was not immediately clear what caused the 28-year-old driver of the first semi-truck to lose control of the vehicle.

Because truck accidents typically result in injuries, it is typical for accident victims to seek the counsel and representation of a personal injury lawyer, who may help victims obtain the personal injury compensation to which they are entitled when accidents are caused by the actionable behavior of other parties. In many cases, the accident can be demonstrably attributed to reckless driving on the part of a driver and negligent hiring and training practices on the part of the company employing that at-fault driver. Accident victims who prevail in a personal injury lawsuit may be awarded compensation for hospital bills, lost wages and other pecuniary damages deriving from the incident.

Source: KPLR, "Two hospitalized following multi-semi accident on I-70 near Wright City", Chris Regnier, September 22, 2014

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