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California truck accident leaves 18-year-old dead, 1 injured

California authorities are still investigating a fatal collision between a tractor-trailer and a much smaller Toyota Tundra that took place in late April. The truck accident resulted in deadly injuries to the 18-year-old passenger of the Tundra. Additionally, the 18-year-old driver suffered what were described as major injuries, and the truck driver received a laceration on one of his hands.

The catastrophic accident took place when the tractor-trailer was traveling east on Worthington Road in the vicinity of the McConnell Road intersection. Early reports indicate that the driver of the Tundra came to a complete stop before driving into the intersection where the collision occurred. The tractor-trailer slammed into the Tundra's right side, fatally wounding the 18-year-old passenger and seriously injuring its driver.

The injured driver apparently had to be transported via air to an area hospital in order to have his severe injuries treated. The passenger unfortunately did not survive the crash. While the 66-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer suffered an injury to his hand, he declined transportation to receive treatment for the laceration.

According to California Highway Patrol officials, this fatal truck accident is still being investigated. Reports do not make it immediately clear why the driver of the Tundra proceeded into the intersection at that time or whether any other contributing factors may have played a role. In some truck accidents like this, surviving relatives may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver if it can be shown that his or her actions caused or contributed to a fatal collision. While it's not evident if that will prove to be the case in this crash, it does seem likely that the family of these two 18-year-old victims will be dealing with the repercussions of the tragedy for some time to come.

Source: Imperial Valley Press Online, "El Centro man dies in traffic accident," Alejandro Davila, April 24, 2013

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