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Accident claims the life of a woman, hurts 3

An accident that involved two trucks claimed the life of a 71-year-old woman from Tennessee and injured three others, including the driver allegedly responsible, on July 13. Authorities said the woman died on the scene of the car accident. She was driving south on a parkway when another truck, driven by a 39-year-old, traveling north hit her head-on. The 39-year-old was driving across the center line when he hit the woman. The man's truck ended up in the center lane while the woman's truck ended up on the side of the parkway.

Authorities plan to file charges against the man because he was driving on a suspended driver's license. Emergency personnel needed to extract the woman from her truck. They also pulled out the other driver and a 34-year-old passenger using mechanical means. A 59-year-old man, related to the younger passenger, was helped as he exited the vehicle without extraction.

All three men were transported by emergency personnel to a medical facility but were later moved to a different hospital. The driver's condition was listed as critical. The older man's condition remained uncertain while the younger man's condition was listed as serious. At least two fire departments helped with processing the scene and rendering medical aid, along with local, county and state law enforcement agencies.

After a car accident, the responsible party could face a traffic ticket or criminal charges. However, victims of the accident may not know that they have the right to pursue civil charges in order to hold the responsible parties financially accountable. A personal injury attorney might be able to help injured parties file a lawsuit so that they can recover related damages.

Source: The Daily Times, "One dead, three injured in crash on East Lamar Alexander Parkway", Wes Wade, July 13, 2013

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