A crash on Interstate 80 involving multiple vehicles left two people dead, according to authorities. The accident reportedly happened in Centre County on Nov. 22 at about 4:30 p.m.
According to police, a 64-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman were in a Volvo that was traveling west on I-80 in Marion Township and that had slowed for traffic at mile marker 170. Purportedly, a tractor-trailer behind the Volvo rear-ended the car, propelling the car into the back of a second tractor-trailer. The man and woman inside the Volvo were both killed at the scene of the crash, officials said.
Police indicated that charges are pending in this fatal crash. Reportedly, it was one of multiple car accidents that happened on Nov.22 in Centre County, where the roadways were icy following a freezing rain. In Port Matilda, at least 20 vehicles were involved in crashes on Interstate 99 due to icy road conditions, authorities reported.
Inclement weather may cause drivers to have difficulties with visibility as well as maintaining control of their vehicles, but drivers at all times have a duty to drive cautiously and obey all traffic laws. When people are killed in a car accident that was caused by another driver's faulty or negligent driving, a wrongful death lawsuit could be filed. In a case such as the one on Nov. 22 in Marion Township, immediate family members of the two decedents may wish to retain an attorney to discuss the viability of a wrongful death lawsuit. The attorney may prepare and present a claim that proves with a preponderance of evidence that one of the parties involved in the crash was negligent.
Source: WTAJ, "Two Dead After I-80 Crash", November 23, 2014