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On-the-job accident on New Jersey Turnpike involving 3 truckers

Not all work-related injuries occur on a job site or in a building. Many such accidents occur on the country's roadways. For example, the New Jersey Turnpike was recently the scene of an on-the-job accident involving three truckers.

Not many details regarding the crash are available at this time. What is known so far is that all three tractor-trailers were on the New Jersey Turnpike/Interstate 95 heading north. At least one of the 18-wheelers was loaded with rock salt. It is not known what other cargo was involved.

At approximately 9:07 p.m., the three trucks were between exits 7 and 8 in the vicinity of mile marker 69. At that point, one or more of the truck drivers lost control of his or her vehicle. The three semi-trucks caught collided and caught fire.

Preliminary reports noted that one person died in the crash. The extent of any injuries suffered by the other people involved is not known at present. Depending on the condition of the wreckage, it could take some time to determine exactly what happened and the factors involved.

The surviving drivers may be recovering from their injuries as the investigation continues. Workers' compensation benefits are likely available to the drivers, which would -- at a minimum -- cover their medical expenses and a portion of their lost wages. The family of the deceased driver may also be entitled to benefits. Civil claims may also be appropriate against the party or parties deemed responsible for the crash. While workers' compensation laws generally preclude personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits against one's employer, that does not apply to claims of negligence against third parties.

Source: NBC Philadelphia, "1 Dead in Fiery NJ Turnpike Crash Involving 3 Tractor Trailers", David Chang, Nov. 19, 2014

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