Big Rig Accidents Focus of Widow’s Lawsuit in Pennsylvania, Investigation in Massachusetts

A widow is suing four companies and a truck driver in connection with a 2009 accident in Pennsylvania that killed her husband.The widow of a man who was killed in a tractor trailer accident in Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit against four companies and the driver in connection with an accident that occurred two years ago. Meanwhile, police in Massachusetts are investigating a big rig accident that claimed the lives of two people.

The Cumberland Sentinel reports that Ann Dugas, who now lives in Canada, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. Middle District Court in Harrisburg against Eagle Systems, Thoroughbred Direct Intermodal Services, Twist Trucking and Swift Transportation, as well as truck driver Dennis Ness.

According to the news agency, Dugas claims negligence is to blame for the three-vehicle accident on Interstate 81 in Carlisle after Ness lost control of his 18-wheeler, crossed the center line and crashed into her car head-on just before 2:00 p.m. on August 28, 2009.

Dugas’ husband, Giles, was killed in the accident. Dugas and the driver of another car were also hurt in the collision.

State police reportedly obtained a warrant to search the big rig shortly after the accident looking for evidence of mechanical failure and trip logs.

The lawsuit alleges that the four companies failed to properly train Ness, and that he failed to control his truck and take corrective action in order to avoid the fatal crash.

In Western Massachusetts, police are trying to determine the exact cause of a fiery fatal tractor trailer accident in Hampshire County on August 10.

WGGB reports that two people, who have not yet been identified, were killed in the crash after a car and a tractor trailer were involved in a head-on collision on Lovefield Street in Easthampton just before 5:00 p.m. Police said that both people were declared dead at the scene of the accident.

The news agency reports that the impact of the crash caused the truck to burst into flames. The driver of the 18-wheeler, a contractor from the U.S. Postal Service, appeared to be unharmed in the collision and refused any medical help.

Police reportedly had to shut the roadway down within a few miles of the crash in order to clear the wreckage.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 9 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, in 2009.