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Big rig crushes car at La Crosse intersection

You know how dangerous 18-wheelers can be. The gigantic trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds; about 20 times the weight of an average car.

When a car and a big rig collide, it's usually the driver of the car who suffers most. That appears to be the case in a recent La Crosse truck accident in which a tractor-trailer drove on top of a car, crushing it.

One of the rig's wheels came to rest about a foot from the driver of the car, a 20-year-old University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student. She was extricated from her Honda Civic by emergency crews using the Jaws of Life, La Crosse police told media outlets.

She's listed in fair condition at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

Both vehicles entered the intersection on a yellow light, law enforcement authorities said. No citations have been issued yet.

The woman was apparently driving north on Losey Boulevard just before 7 p.m. and turning left onto La Crosse Street when a southbound milk tanker struck her vehicle and drove up onto it.

The 67-year-old trucker is from Viroqua, according to police.

It isn't yet clear who is at fault for the near-fatal crash, but in cases in which it is clear that injuries were caused by a driver's negligence, the injury victim has a number of options, including litigation.

A personal injury lawsuit can, in many situations, provide the victim with compensation to pay for medical bills, as well as compensation for wages and benefits lost due to the injury. In some cases, victims also receive compensation for pain and suffering.

Source: La Crosse Tribune: "Names released in Sunday's car-tanker crash," Nov. 30, 2011

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