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Multi-vehicle accident in California injures 8

Eight individuals were hurt in a multi-vehicle accident on California's 210 Freeway. A tractor-trailer allegedly caused the accident when it triggered a chain reaction after hitting a bus carrying three disabled people. A SigAlert was issued for three westbound lanes at 9:58 a.m., and all lanes were not opened until 1:41 p.m.

The accident occurred at 9:43 a.m. when the truck, carrying a portion of a mobile home, allegedly failed to stop for traffic and hit the back of a bus. The bus had four passengers, three of whom use wheelchairs. The bus hit a Corolla with a couple inside, pushing it into a Camry. The Toyota hit a Mazda that may have struck a SUV in front of it.

Firefighters were on hand to cut an exit on the side of the bus for passengers to be removed. One man on the bus was bleeding from his head and was taken to the hospital, according to a representative of the California Highway Patrol. The driver of the Corolla suffered cuts, and a passenger was in pain. Two people, one in the Mazda and the other in the Camry, complained of pain. The truck driver was uninjured.

Multiple car accidents may occur on busy highways as in this case. A tractor-trailer may be unable to stop quickly due to its weight. Being alert for slowing traffic is the responsibility of the driver, and abandoning this duty may be considered negligent behavior.

Individuals injured in the collision may require medical and rehabilitative treatment, incur property damage or lose time from work. An attorney may evaluate the accident based on police and accident reconstruction reports to determine negligence. A personal injury suit may be filed against the truck driver and possibly their employer to recover such losses.

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune, "Eight hurt in 210 Freeway crash in Pasadena, three westbound lanes closed", Ruby Gonzalez, July 10, 2014

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