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58-vehicle wreck in Pennsylvania shuts down Interstate 80

On Dec. 18, a large section of Interstate 80 in Union County was shut down after a deadly crash involving numerous vehicles, including many big-box trucks and FedEx delivery vans. Initially, it was reported that 30 vehicles were involved. However, there were actually 58 cars and trucks impacted by the crash.

At least three people died in the wreck, including a 53-year-old man from Hatfield and a 58-year-old woman from Michigan. Another man, whose information was not released to the media, died after being transported to a hospital.

A sudden snow squall set off the chain-reaction wreck. According to one of the drivers, "A lot of people were doing the thing where when we all put on our brakes, some people drive off the side of the road just to not hit the other person in front of them and then we came to a complete standstill." Traffic came to a halt in the front, and the trucks and cars in the back were unable to stop in time,

The road was shut down for hours. It may be weeks or months before the investigation into the accident is complete. Aside from the deaths, there were reportedly dozens of other injuries. Indeed, photos of the scene showed numerous capsized trucks in the middle of the road.

Multi-vehicle accidents can be very difficult for the victims and their survivors. Insurance companies are generally reluctant to accept liability for such accidents -- especially when there are fatalities and serious injuries. They may each point their fingers at each other in an effort to deflect the blame.

If you or your loved one has been injured or killed in a multi-vehicle accident, find out more about your legal rights.

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