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Minor injuries for firefighters in truck crash

Five Pennsylvania firefighters suffered minor injuries after they were hit by a tractor-trailer while responding to a two-car crash on Sept. 1. The accident happened just before 3:30 a.m. on I-95.

The firefighters had placed a ladder truck as a buffer. According to the Philadelphia fire commissioner, this is standard practice to protect responders. The driver of the tractor-trailer lost control of his truck for reasons that are still under investigation and hit the fire truck with the firefighters inside. The fire truck was pushed 250 feet. According to the president of the firefighters' union, the placement of the ladder may have saved lives.

All of the firefighters were treated and released later the same morning of the accident. The driver of the big rig was not injured, and police have not yet said whether he will be charged in the incident. The accident shut down I-95 South for over three hours.

An accident that involves a tractor-trailer could be devastating to occupants of smaller vehicles. Insurance compensation in big rig accidents might not be adequate to cover medical expenses and other costs, so the injured person might want to file a lawsuit against the truck driver. The truck driver's employer might also be held financially responsible in a personal injury lawsuit. This could be the case whether or not the truck driver is handed criminal charges, as the burden of proof on the plaintiff in a civil case is less stringent than that on the prosecution in a criminal case. Compensation sought could include medical expenses and lost wages.

Source: 6 ABC, "Firefighters released from hospital after I-95 tractor-trailer crash," Annie McCormick, Katherine Scott, Sept. 1, 2016

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