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1 dead in car accident on New York State Thruway

The damage resulting from an accident on New York's busier roads can be extensive. Multiple lanes are often populated with vehicles traveling at high speeds, and it only takes a small error to cause injury or even death. The busy highways of New York are no exception, as evidenced by a recent multi-vehicle accident in Orange County.

The incident took place near Exit 16 on the northbound lanes of Interstate 87. Two tractor-trailers, a Thruway Authority plow truck and four passenger cars were involved. All northbound lanes were closed for several hours due to the accident.

According to reports, the plow truck -- which was in the left lane -- began belching smoke, forcing other vehicles approaching it to swerve out of the way. Apparently seeing the commotion, a car in the right lane slowed down; that car was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer and was pushed into the rear of a different semi-truck. The driver of that car, a 53-year-old man, was killed. Six other people involved in the accident were treated for injuries, although all of them were expected to survive.

The traumatic experience of a car accident can result in medical expenses that place financial strain on individuals and their families. In addition, serious injury can have lifelong effects on a person's independence, well-being and future earning potential. Be sure to consider all your options while you are dealing with the after math of a multi-vehicle accident. Choosing the right legal advice can have a big difference on your ability to recover and move on.

Source: Associated Press, “Smoking snowplow started fatal crash on New York State Thruway,” Feb. 27, 2014

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