Disabled truck leads to confusion, pileup; 1 person killed

The difficult winter we’ve all experienced here in New York has had wide-ranging impacts. One of the most noticeable is that road conditions have been quite poor throughout the Northeast and much of the country this winter. Aside from cars and passenger trucks slipping and sliding, larger vehicles have more trouble getting started and staying moving in the cold conditions.

A recent accident on the New York State Thruway involving seven vehicles was apparently set into motion when a plow truck overheated and pulled off to the side of the road. The engine compartment began to smoke, leading the truck driver to pull onto the shoulder. While it was a good thing that the truck was able to get off the road, the excessive smoke apparently led to the motor vehicle accident.

The smoke caused a car behind it to swerve out of the lane. That car hit a second car as a result. A different car in the left lane then sideswiped the plow truck’s protruding blade.

Apparently seeing the chaos in front of him, the driver of a fourth car slowed down in an apparent attempt to negotiate the worsening situation. However, that vehicle was rear-ended by a semi truck. The force of that collision drove the car into the rear of another semi truck. The driver of the car was killed at the scene, and the road as closed for almost six hours as the wreckage was cleared.

While winter will be over relatively soon, the danger from motor vehicle accidents lasts all year. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist people who have been hurt in such accidents through no fault of their own.

Source: CBS New York, “Investigators: Smoking Plow Truck Set Off Fatal New York Thruway Crash,” Feb. 27, 2014

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