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Fatal Coal Truck Accident

Truck Roll-over Crash on I-79

coal truck.jpgA coal truck driver was killed early Monday morning, September 8th, 2014, in an accident on Interstate 79 in Harrison County.  The truck wreck occurred between the Lost Creek and Stonewood exits.  The truck was owned by the Nuzum Trucking Company of Shinnston, WV.  The truck was travelling south on I-79 when it ran off the side of the interstate, veered back to the opposite side, ran into the median and rolled over, bursting into flames.

Authorities have not determined a reason as to why the driver ran off the road.  The truck was not loaded with coal when it crashed.  Common causes of commercial truck accidents are fatigued, overworked drivers, faulty brakes, tire blowouts, errors or inattention of other motorists, and faulty steering components.  Due to the speed and mass involved in commercial truck travel, failure to maintain truck parts can lead to serious accidents, causing catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.

In this vehicle collision on I-79, the truck caught fire and the driver was not able to escape. The truck cab was destroyed by the fire and a large portion of the trailer was also destroyed. It was not immediately clear how the fire started.  The interstate was entirely shut down as a result of this coal truck collision until around late morning when one lane was reopened in each direction.

When a family suddenly loses their primary wage earner, financial chaos often is a sad by-product of this tragic circumstance and the family can soon find all their financial resources depleted.  No amount of money can make up for the great loss, but there are legal remedies to continue to provide for the care of the family left behind. Depending on the circumstances leading to a fatal truck collision, the family of the driver may be eligible to receive help and compensation for not only funeral expenses, but future lost wages, as well as compensation for their pain and suffering. 

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Sources:   WAJR News, "Fatal I-79 accident near Stonewood under investigation," September 8, 2014.

WBOY News, "Harrison County Man Dead Following Fiery Crash on Interstate 79," Crystal Phillips, September 8, 2014.

WAJR News, "Name of Trucker Killed in I-79 Crash Identified," September 9, 2014.

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