Fiery wrong-way accident kills truck driver

A fiery truck accident in New Orleans resulted in the death of a truck driver on Oct. 3. Emergency crews were not immediately able to assist the man as he struggled to get out of the truck's cab due to the intensity of the flames.

The accident occurred just after 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of Claiborne and Franklin Ave. The 33-year-old woman was traveling in a 2004 Acura MDX on North Claiborne in the wrong direction. Video surveillance reportedly showed the fuel truck beginning to depart the gas station when it struck the Acura; the truck then collided with the gas station's sign and caught fire. Fire crews were unable to bring the fire under control until about 6:30 a.m.

The truck driver, whose identity was undisclosed in reports, died at the scene of the accident. The woman driving the Acura drove to her home after the accident. She later placed a 911 call requesting medical assistance. Paramedics said that she declined treatment when they arrived at her home, prompting them to call police. Officers later arrested her and charged her with negligent homicide. They took breath and blood samples from the woman to determine if she was intoxicated, but police did not release the results of either test.

Many families are left with notable financial and emotional strain after fatal car accidents, intensifying the struggle with bills and other expenses. A personal injury attorney may be able to inform surviving family members of their options for filing wrongful death suits against negligent drivers. A successful lawsuit could result in a settlement that may provide families with financial relief in the wake of a sudden loss.

Source: WAFB, "FD: Wrong-way driver crashed into tanker; explosion kills driver", Brian Wiechert, October 03, 2014

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