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Fiery Wisconsin truck accident claims two lives

Crashes on interstate highways are some of the most violent traffic accidents anywhere. The collisions can cause serious injuries in the blink of an eye. When the crashes involve tractor-trailers, the consequences are typically even worse.

A truck accident about 70 miles north of La Crosse left two people dead after a semitrailer truck crashed into two other 18-wheelers on Interstate 94, outside of Osseo.

One woman in the crash told a media outlet that when she saw a big rig crossing the median and heading toward the tractor-trailer she was in, she thought her life was over.

The 63-year-old was a passenger in an 18-wheeler driven by her husband.

"I said, 'This is it. We're done.' He said, 'No, we're not.'"

Her husband drove their rig into the median. The evasive action saved their lives, but not their vehicle. It was hit in its trailer by the oncoming behemoth.

The oncoming truck then crashed into another tractor-trailer, leaving that driver injured. A media report didn't describe the extent of the man's injuries.

Unfortunately, the two people in the out-of-control rig were both killed. Their vehicle, as well as the second semi-truck they crashed into, were engulfed in flames after the collisions.

Law enforcement officials said they're not yet sure why that truck careened across the median, but they suspect that the cause is either a medical issue or fatigue.

If fatigue is determined to be a cause, as it so often is in truck accidents, injury victims might pursue compensation for medical bills, lost income and benefits, as well as pain and suffering.

Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram: "Trucker, trooper recount fiery Wisconsin crash that killed 2," Christena T. O'Brien, Nov. 4, 2011

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