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Man trapped in wreckage after accident on I-80

A multi-vehicle traffic accident in northeastern New Jersey left a man trapped in his car for a substantial amount of time before he was freed by emergency personnel. The accident took place on March 13 at about 11:30 a.m.

A car-carrier truck was driving through Elmwood Park on Interstate 80 westbound when at a point near Exit 62 some event occurred which caused it to collide with other vehicles. Conflicting reports about what exactly led to the accident made it difficult for the police to provide a definitive record of the accident. What is known is that at least two other vehicles were struck and the resulting wreckage trapped one man.

The trapped driver suffered injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. He was taken to an area hospital after being extricated from his vehicle. There were no reports of any other serious injuries resulting from the accident. Traffic was substantially impeded for some time as the area was cleared.

People who have suffered serious injuries due to a motor vehicle accident may choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in an attempt to gain redress from the responsible parties. Compensation for resulting medical expenses as well as lost wages are among the damages that may be available, and an attorney’s assistance can be invaluable in this regard. Through an investigation, the attorney can help determine who bears liability for the accident. In some cases, the employer of a commercial vehicle driver whose negligent driving is shown by police reports and other evidence to be the cause can also be named as a defendant and may bear responsibility under the theory of vicarious liability.

Source: NJ.com, “Driver rescued after Route 80 crash, police say,” Noah Cohen, March 13, 2015

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