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Trucking accident closes roadways for hours, injures woman

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused a truck accident in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, that blocked the road for more than four hours. Police said the incident occurred around 6:40 a.m. It was then that an open-topped tractor-trailer carrying scrap metal was headed westbound on the I-76 ramp to U.S. Route 202 and tipped onto the barrier, spilling its load. According to reports, the scrap metal landed on southbound Route 202 and the Gulph Road ramp to the same roadway.

Some of the metal landed on a woman's 2004 Toyota Corolla, trapping her inside the vehicle. The 46-year-old woman from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, suffered serious injuries, and emergency crews had to extricate her from the Toyota. She was taken to Paoli Hospital so that her injuries could be addressed. The 44-year-old driver of the semi suffered minor injuries and did not require hospital attention. All of the aforementioned areas - the westbound I-76 ramp, the Gulph Road ramp to Route 202 and southbound Route 202 - were closed due to the crash. A news outlet had a helicopter on the scene. This allowed them to note that debris was still on the roadway at 8 a.m. Some progress was made by 9 a.m., but the truck was not cleared from the ramp until 10 a.m. This was when traffic began flowing again on the I-76 ramp. The entire scene was cleared and the roads were reopened around 11 a.m.

Since authorities have yet to determine the cause of the crash, it is unclear who might be held responsible for the woman's injuries. If the driver is responsible, it is possible that he and his employer will be held accountable. Doing so may require a lawsuit to be filed on behalf of the injured 46-year-old. If her injuries were life-threatening and she passes away, a wrongful death suit may be a viable option.


Source: 
NBC 10 Philadelphia, "Woman Trapped When Truck Spills Metal Onto Her Car" Dan Stamm, Sep. 04, 2013

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