There were three fatalities and five people injured as a result of a chain-reaction crash on the Cross Bronx Expressway. The collision involved two 18-wheelers, a pickup truck and a Toyota Corolla. The accident occurred on the morning of Tuesday, December 27th at about 5:45 a.m. on the side going north between Jerome and Webster Avenues. One of the 18-wheelers had been stopped in the middle lane, and was followed by a Ford pickup truck. Then, the second 18-wheeler crashed into the rear of the pickup truck.
The second 18-wheeler was unsuccessful in negotiating this stop, and produced a chain-reaction crash, striking both the Ford pickup truck and a Toyota Corolla. The Toyota came to rest on top of the center divider of the highway, while the pickup truck became lodged underneath the second 18-wheeler.
Among those who perished in the crash were three men who were in the pickup truck. They were identified as Henry Walker, age 51, of Livingston, New Jersey, and Khalil Walker, age 21, of Tobbyhanna, Pennsylvania. The family of the 58-year-old victim is to be notified prior to the revelation of his identity.
There were two other passengers in that truck who suffered severe injuries. They were transported to a hospital along with one person in the Toyota. The drivers of the 18-wheelers, and a passenger in one of them were unharmed. According to police, alcohol did not seem to be a contributing factor in causing the collision, and all motorists had clean records and valid licenses.
In this case, none of the parties appeared to be negligent. However, it could easily have been a scenario in which one of them was negligent in causing the deadly accident, in which case the family members of the deceased would have been able to bring a wrongful death action, and the injured parties, a personal injury lawsuit.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another motorist, contact the personal injury attorneys at Proner and Proner.