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Fatal semi-truck crash in Iowa kills one

Residents in Iowa often encounter various types of vehicles traveling on the roadways. Commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks, are frequently seen on the roads in Iowa. These vehicles help with the timely delivery of goods and shipments. Despite the benefits that these massive vehicles provide, they also create several risks and dangers on the roads. Because these vehicles are used primarily to transport goods, federal regulations control the use and operation of them. However, when a driver is negligent or does not adhere to these regulations, a serious or even fatal crash could ensue.

Authorities in Cedar County were recently dispatched to a fatal semi-truck accident. According to preliminary reports, the collision occurred on Interstate 80 around 11:30 a.m. Police believe that traffic was slowing down for upcoming construction in the westbound lanes of the interstate when one semi-truck rear-ended the back of another semi-truck. This caused the struck semi-truck to run into a minivan traveling ahead of them.

The three-vehicle collision resulted in a fiery crash site that shut down the interstate for hours. One of the semi-truck drivers was killed in the incident. At this time, the conditions of the others involved in the truck crash are not known.

Once an investigation is complete, authorities could determine fault. If a driver is found negligent or partially negligent in the collision, that driver and the truck company could face civil liability for the damages. The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death suit, helping them collect compensation for the losses associated with the incident.

A truck accident could happen suddenly, resulting in terrible injuries or even fatalities. Those harmed by a negligent driver in a truck crash should learn more about the rights and remedies afforded to them.

Source:, "Fatal accident closes westbound lanes of I-80 near Wilton, Iowa-UPDATED," Jeff Whitten, June 5, 2015

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