On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, a bizarre accident occurred. An electrical conduit pipe apparently fell from the ceiling of the Lehigh Tunnel. The pipe went through the windshield of a tractor trailer and struck the driver in the head.
According to 6ABC, the truck somehow managed to travel an entire mile before coming to a stop. Police arrived at the tunnel shortly after the pipe fell, although they were focused on other vehicles in the Lehigh Tunnel which sustained minor damage. Later, Raymour and Flanagan requested a welfare check on the driver after the truck had not moved.
Tragically, police arrived to find the driver deceased.
Our hearts go out to the loved ones of this driver. According to news reports, the South Jersey driver had a great driving record and was on track to retire this summer. Some reports also stated the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission had last checked the tunnel in 2016.
Many people refer to rare or bizarre accidents as “freak accidents”. The truth is that many freak accidents are preventable. While freak accidents can’t be undone, injured victims and families of loved ones can seek some justice through the law. After an injury, victims of freak accidents can often seek compensation via a personal injury claim, and families of loved ones lost in freak accidents can get some closure from a wrongful death case. A successful wrongful death case can bring compensation for lost income, lost companionship and guidance, medical, funeral and burial expenses.
If you have lost a loved one in any type of accident such as a freak accident or a more common but just as painful accident such as a drunk driving accident, contact a compassionate, experienced and effective Attorney such as Edith Pearce for a free consultation. We promise to provide you only with information which is in your best interest. We work with clients in both Pennsylvania AND New Jersey.
If needed and retained, we will conduct a thorough investigation into the facts of your family member’s death as quickly as possible.