A three-car accident on I-81 in Maryland killed a West Virginia couple. The interstate was closed for several hours while law enforcement investigated, and the debris was cleared. The accident occurred on March 11.
The couple, a 69 year-old man and a 68-year-old woman, were traveling on I-81 in a Jeep Liberty. The man, who was driving, slowed down because of road construction. A man driving a Ford pickup failed to notice traffic slowing and slammed into the rear of the Jeep. The Jeep then burst into flames.
The pickup then struck a second vehicle, driven by a 48-year-old man. That vehicle ended up in a patch of trees on the right side of the road. The pickup came to a stop next to the Jeep and the fire from the Jeep then spread to the truck. Fluids leaking from the vehicles also caught fire and scorched a grassy area in the median.
The couple were trapped in the wreckage of the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers of the truck and the Blazer refused to go to the hospital. The extent of their injuries was not reported.
Investigators have not determined if charges will be filed against the driver of the truck. However, even he isn’t held criminally responsible, he could still be held financially responsible for the car accident. Anyone who has suffered a loss due to the negligence of another can seek compensation for the loss. A legal professional with experience in personal injury situations can help people who are considering seeking financial relief determine if it is a plausible course of action.
Source: Herald Mail Media, “W.Va. husband and wife killed in I-81 crash near Williamsport” Dan Dearth and Dave McMillion, Mar. 11, 2014