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Wrong-way driver kills one and injures four

A wrong-way driver has killed one person and injured four others along the Tappan Zee Bridge, just north of New York City. Drivers at the scene of the auto accident wasted no time before describing their experience on social media sites. Recounting their shock at the site of a wrong-way driver and the resulting car collision, drivers stuck in the extended traffic jam sent out hundreds of Tweets.

Police are still investigating why a 69-year-old driver of an SUV was seen driving south in the northbound lane around 9 p.m. After his SUV collided with an oncoming Nissan, the impact of the crash sent the Nissan rolling into the middle of the road. The driver of the Nissan was transported to a nearby hospital while his passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following the first accident, things continued to get worse when a third vehicle slammed into the Nissan. Afterwards, several oncoming cars managed to successfully avoid the crash before three others became involved. In total, five cars were entangled in the multi-vehicle crash that took place along the busy bridge. After the victims were transported to nearby hospitals, a road crew had to spend many hours cleaning up the debris before the bridge could be reopened.

Family members of the deceased as well as all of the injured victims of this crash may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. Because the car accident involved a wrong-way driver, it may be easy for a lawyer to prove who was at fault. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, victims may be able to seek due compensation for their injuries, lost wages and damaged property.

Source: The New York Times, "Wrong-Way Crash on Tappan Zee Bridge Kills One", Marc Santora, July 24, 2013

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