After a ladder fell from its position on a vehicle on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, it caused a large traffic crash. The vehicle carrying the ladder was traveling east through Southampton Township when the incident occurred. Upon falling, the ladder hit numerous cars, and the commotion forced other drivers in the vicinity to swerve to avoid getting caught up in the collision themselves. The exact chain of events was not disclosed by police, but a total of seven different vehicles were damaged in the extensive auto accident.
Although there were so many vehicles involved, only three individuals were reported as being injured in the wreck. Police said that two were transported to Frankford Hospital's Torresdale Campus, and the other was moved to Abington Hospital for treatment. Details on the extent of their injuries have not been released. In addition, a three-mile-long area of traffic congestion is currently slowing traffic in the area where the wreck occurred.
Car accidents that occur as a result of fallen equipment can lead to the injury of many as well as massive property damage. Although crash reconstruction may be made more difficult by the fact that multiple vehicles were involved, those who suffer personal injury during the course of such events are often eligible for some form of financial recompense.
On the other hand, car accident victims who suffer as a result of a massive pileup still have to prove that the injuries they sustained were the direct result of another driver's actions. Even when clear evidence of negligence seems to exist, as in this case, victims often consult with legal advisors who may be able to help them structure their cases and increase their chances of winning court awards.
Source: NBC10 Philadelphia, "Ladder causes 7-car accident, injures 3 on Pa. Turnpike," David Chang, March 27, 2013