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Wisconsin semi accident kills 1

Driving is an everyday activity for most of Wisconsin's residents, and many drivers never give a second thought to what could happen while driving on their usual routes. A life can be changed in a split second, however, as one family found out after a recent accident.

A July 9 collision between a van and a tractor-trailer has claimed one life and injured another. According to reports, the crash occurred around 1:45 p.m. a short distance north of Wild Rose. The semi was apparently on State Highway 22, headed south, when it struck a van attempting to get on the highway from County Trunk P. A news release put out by the Waushara County Sheriff's Department said that the van had sustained serious damage and the tractor-trailer had overturned as a result of the impact.

Those responding to the scene included the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Waushara County Highway and Sheriff's departments, Wild Rose Fire Department, Waushara County Emergency Medical Services and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The drivers of the two vehicles were both taken to the hospital. According to reports, the driver of the van succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The tractor -trailer driver's condition was not available with initial reports, and the investigation was considered ongoing.

When a semi accident occurs, the police investigation immediately following can play a crucial part in any civil litigation filed by victims or surviving family members later on. If one party is found at fault for the accident due to inattentive driving, failure to maintain an assured clear distance ahead or any other form of negligence, it may make it more likely for victims to be awarded compensation by the courts.

Source: Oshkosh Northwestern Media, "Driver killed, 1 injured in Waushara County crash", July 10, 2014

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