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Truck crash takes Ohio woman's life

Interstate 90 was shut down in a section of Ohio on July 1, 2018, after a fatal truck crash started a fire in the large semi-truck. The highway was closed between State Route 11 and State Route 45 after the fire erupted following a collision between the semi-truck and a passenger vehicle, a Chevrolet Cobalt. At least one woman died as a result of the crash, while two more vehicle passengers were taken away in air ambulances to Cleveland hospitals for urgent treatment.

The 74-year-old woman killed in the fatal truck accident and the two seriously wounded people were all in the Chevrolet Cobalt, driving westbound on the highway. The semi-truck, traveling in the opposite direction on I-90, suddenly crossed the median and struck the passenger car head-on. After colliding with the car, the truck continued to drive in the wrong direction along the highway before hitting the guardrail and bursting into flames. Both a driver and a passenger were inside the semi-truck and both escaped with no injuries.

Police said that it was unclear why and how the truck driver had lost control of the vehicle. Several circumstances could lead to this type of fatal truck accident, ranging from a fatigued driver falling asleep behind the wheel to poor maintenance leading to failed brakes or other mechanical problems. Passenger vehicles are at an extreme disadvantage in a collision involving a large truck.

When a truck causes an accident, the consequences can be severe and even fatal for others on the roads. Spouses, children and parents of people whose lives were taken in these kinds of fatal crashes may face severe losses of their own. People who have lost a loved one due to a fatal truck accident may be able to contact a lawyer to discuss options to take action to seek justice and compensation for the harms they have suffered.

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