1 Dead After Multi-Vehicle Accident In Oklahoma
Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to an accident that happened on the Muskogee Turnpike in Wagoner County on August 22 around 8:30 AM. The crash occurred when the 53-year-old driver of a van attempted an illegal U-turn around a barricade. A semitrailer was behind the van, and the truck driver applied the brakes in order to avoid hitting the van. However, the tractor-trailer was rear-ended by a passenger bus, and the force of the impact caused the truck to crash into the back of the van.
The van contained five passengers who were all injured in the crash. A 19-year-old girl from Utah was among them. She was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the van. She died at a Tulsa hospital the following day at approximately 9:15 a.m.
An unspecified number of occupants in the bus were also injured in the crash, but the driver of the tractor-trailer was unharmed. All lanes of traffic in both directions were closed for two hours as a result of the accident, and it was still under investigation as of August 23.
After a fatal accident like the one recounted, investigating officers are charged with the task of piecing together the events that took place. After authorities complete their investigation of such an incident, the family of the victim may wish to file a wrongful death claim in civil court. An attorney could use the report along with witness statements to build a case against the defendant named in the suit. Damages awarded in this kind of civil litigation is meant to compensate plaintiffs for economic losses they sustain as a result of their loved ones' deaths.
Source: KFSM, "Teen Killed After Accident on Muskogee Turnpike", Meredith Baldwin, August 23, 2014