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3 teens die after truck accident with emergency responders

Lynchburg, Virginia, drivers likely all understand the rules of the road when it comes to emergency vehicles. In an effort to save lives, emergency responders may exceed speed limits or use lanes in ways standard traffic patterns do not, and others on the roadway should be vigilant and move out of the way when flashing lights and sirens are around. Move over laws don't mean emergency drivers are removed from responsibility - they still have to drive carefully and watch for others.

A truck accident between a fire truck and a civilian vehicle in another state has left three dead, though authorities have not released any information about the accident investigation. According to reports, the fire truck was carrying six firefighters to the site of a possible chimney fire. Three of the firefighters were hurt in the accident and later treated at a local hospital.

The car involved was being driven by a 16-year-old and included two 16-year-old passengers. The driver of the car attempted to pass another vehicle. During the pass maneuver, the car was hit by the fire truck. The firefighters attempted to help the injured passengers.

Two of the teens died at the accident scene. A third was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to reports, the teens were students at a local high school and were on their way home from a basketball game at the time.

Sometimes, tragedies occur through no fault of anyone. In other cases, a driver is distracted on the roadway, leading to deadly incidents. Even when cases involve emergency responders running lights and sirens, if investigations show that the emergency driver was distracted or not following protocol, the family of victims may have a case for a compensation claim.

Source: CBS Pittsburg, "3 W. Va. Teens Killed In Crash With Fire Truck" Bob Allen, Jan. 19, 2014

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