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3 die when van carrying disabled workers collides with big rig

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on a recent Tuesday on U.S. 2, not far from Grand Forks. Reportedly, the accident involved a big rig that crashed into a van. The van was apparently heading toward the Grand Forks Air Force Base when the tragedy occurred.

Authorities say the van carried nine people who were traveling to work at the air force base on a project that employs people with disabilities. A preliminary accident report indicates that the 43-year-old driver of the van veered from the right lane into the left lane at a crossover where she wanted to turn around. She apparently failed to notice a semi-truck in the left lane. A collision caused the van to roll over after entering the median.

A vehicle occupied by three airmen, one of whom was a firefighter, came across the wreck shortly before 7 p.m. They worked on stabilizing the injured victims and helped when emergency workers moved them to the ambulances. Six occupants suffered injuries of various types and severity. Sadly, three people, ages 39, 41 and 66, did not survive the crash.

No mention was made of injuries to the van driver, but the report indicated that the big rig driver suffered no injuries. This is a sad case, but the injured victims and the surviving family members of those who lost their lives will be entitled to pursue financial relief. They can file personal injury, and wrongful death claims in a North Dakota civil court against the driver deemed responsible. They have every right to rely upon the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney throughout the claims process.

Source: twincities.com, "Three killed when van from disabilities center crashes on way to N.D. work site", Andrew Hazzard, July 20, 2017

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