From reading news reports regarding vehicle crashes, it seems like only one crash happens at a time. News outlets here in Ohio and elsewhere talk about two-car accidents, single car accidents and other similar events that seem to all be only one incident. While some do happen that way, many others begin with just one wreck, but become multiple crashes on the same road because a previously uninvolved driver is unable to avoid the wreckage of the first one.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that this happened on a recent Thursday morning somewhere around 3:30 a.m. First came a head-on collision just north of one of Interstate 77's northbound exits. The second crash occurred when a big rig came upon the wreckage and could not avoid it.
When the dust settled, troopers discovered the barely alive, 33-year-old driver of the southbound vehicle headed the wrong direction in the northbound lanes. She made it to the hospital only to die there from the injuries she suffered in the crash. The 54-year-old woman driving the vehicle her vehicle hit died at the scene, but her 18-year-old passenger escaped death and life-threatening injuries. No one suffered injuries in the second crash involving the big rig.
Troopers continue to attempt to discern why the southbound driver was headed the wrong direction. That information could prove useful to the family of the deceased northbound driver in a wrongful death claim seeking restitution for the financial losses and other damages they sustained, and could continue to sustain, due to this tragedy. As is necessary in other cases involving fatal car accidents, the court needs evidence that the negligent or reckless actions of another party led to the loss of a loved one.