On March 6, a 31-year-old man failed to maintain control of the commercial coal truck he was driving eastward along Route 422. The coal truck ended up rolling over and skidding into the wrong side of the road. At some point during the incident, which unfolded around 2 p.m., the out-of-control truck hit a pickup truck carrying a 34-year-old woman and her passenger. This vehicle was subsequently struck from behind by an SUV.
The motorist in the SUV, a 49-year-old woman, was not reported as requiring emergency medical attention following the three-vehicle wreck. The trucker who caused the accident suffered minor injuries for which he was transported to East Franklin's ACMH Hospital. The driver and passenger in the pickup, however, had to be airlifted to Allegheny General Hospital. According to authorities, these two individuals sustained serious car accident injuries of an unspecified nature.
It's uncertain whether the truck that initially rolled over was owned by its operator or another party. The accident resulted in state authorities having to close down the Kittanning Township stretch of Route 422 for around six hours. Police were still trying to determine what caused the accident at the time of reporting. Sources said it followed close on the heels of similar vehicle accidents and collisions that occurred in snowy weather.
Serious vehicle accidents that result in catastrophic injuries may leave little indication as to who was at fault. When victims attempt to sue other motorists, their litigation could be thrown out based on circumstances they weren't aware of. A commercial operator who wasn't responsible for their vehicle's maintenance, for instance, may escape blame in court. A personal injury attorney can help a client prepare legal action that accounts for as many situational factors as possible.
Source: TribLIVE, "Route 422 reopened after serious accident in Kittanning Township," Liz Hayes, March 6, 2015