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Two mules cause fatal three-car crash

Pennsylvania drivers often see common accidents on the roadways, such as fender benders. But, some will witness massive and tragic accidents involving several vehicles, or bizarre crashes involving objects or things other than motor vehicles. No matter what is involved or how large the crash is, an automobile collision could result in tragedy causing severe damage, serious injuries and even fatalities.

A fatal crash recently occurred in Lancaster County. The collision involved three vehicles and was reportedly caused by two mules that were in the street. According to preliminary reports, mules escaped from a nearby pasture and were in the road in Willow Street. A car struck one of the mules, which resulted in a three-car crash. Following the collision with the mule, the vehicle crossed the centerline and crashed into oncoming traffic.

Emergency crews responded to the scene. They pronounced a 19-year-old man dead. The drivers of the other two vehicles suffered serious injuries and were transported to the hospital for treatment.

An investigation is ongoing. The authorities have ruled out speed as the cause of the incident. Officers have located the owner of the mules, who reportedly stated that he did not know they had escaped. No charges have been filed at this time.

If negligence and liability are determined following an investigation, the party at fault could be civilly liable. A wrongful death lawsuit and personal injury lawsuit could be filed against the liable party. This could result in compensation being awarded to cover expenses such as funeral costs, medical bills and damages.

Even if the cause of a crash is bizarre or uncommon, a fatal crash is often a very difficult event for the loved ones of the parties affected. Those involved should understand they have options and understand what steps they could take to help protect their rights and interests.

Source: Time, "2 Mules Cause Fatal 3-Vehicle Pennsylvania Crash," Dec. 2, 2013

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