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Missouri truck accident leaves a mom dead, others injured

Sharing the roadway with tractor trailers can be an intimidating experience for other drivers on the road under the best of circumstances. Most people assume the drivers of tractor trailers are highly trained and skilled, exercising the utmost in safety standards when they are on the road. However, a recent truck accident in Missouri proves this isn't always the case as a truck driver allegedly caused a deadly crash.

The truck accident occurred as the tractor trailer was heading north and crossed the center line. The truck then struck two other vehicles coming towards him. The truck hit a pick-up truck then ended up hitting a minivan head on.

The driver of the minivan died at the scene of the crash. Her 7-year-old son in the van was taken to a medical facility for treatment of his injuries and was said to be in serious condition. The pick-up truck driver also sustained minor injuries. The tractor trailer truck driver was taken into custody as police believe he was under the influence at the time of the accident.

The truck driver faces charges of involuntary manslaughter for his role in the truck accident. In Missouri, the family of the mother who was killed in the crash has the legal right to file a civil claim against the driver and his employer. If they are successful, they may be awarded monetary damages that may help them deal with the aftermath of the truck accident, such as medical bills, lost wages and funeral costs.

Source: kctv5.com, Semi-truck driver charged after crash that killed 1, injured 2, Chris Oberholtz and Bonyen Lee, Oct. 29, 2013

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