A family of four was killed in a garbage truck accident in Vinton County near State Route 93 on Wednesday, May 18, around 1:45 p.m.
According to recent reports, the victims include a 55-year-old mother, her 57-year-old sister and two teenage boys, ages 18 and 19.
The 55-year-old mother was driving a Toyota Corolla westbound on State Route 56. She failed to stop at a stop sign and drove into the path of the garbage truck. The truck then hit the sedan at its side causing it to spin out and hit a guardrail on the southwest side of the intersection. Images from the scene reveal a mangled white sedan heavily damaged on one side.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, everyone in the vehicle was wearing their seatbelt at the time.
This is not the first time a tragic accident has been reported in the area. Local residents say they have seen many collisions in the area. Although the road was raised up, stop signs and flashing lights were added, and a curb was taken out at the other end of State Road 93, the accidents continue. In 2014, there were less than 300 motor vehicle accidents reported in Vinton County. Still, five people lost their lives and many others were injured.
Although garbage truck accidents are not too common, the heavy weight of these types of trucks means the results are disastrous. In a wrong-way accident in nearby Campbell County, Kentucky, one man was killed when his pickup collided with the sanitation truck and both vehicles burst into flames.
Motor vehicle accidents are most often caused by a driver error, which is why it is important all drivers obey the rules of the road and avoid distractions that could lead to a crash. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a motor vehicle accident caused by a careless driver, contact our experienced truck accident attorneys. Our injury lawyers can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.