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2 Texas sanitation workers injured in car accident

There are certain jobs that come with an inherent amount of risk. Those that place workers out on roads are some of those jobs. For two sanitation workers in Texas, what started out as a typical day out on the job ended up with both of them in the hospital due to a car accident.

Two sanitation workers in Longview were out on their daily route, loading garbage into the back of their truck, when they were struck by a car. One of the workers, a 33-year-old male, was trapped between the vehicle and garbage truck. The Jaws of Life were required to free him from the wreckage. The other worker, a 46-year-old male, was also hit and thrown a short distance from the truck. Both suffered severe leg injuries that required medical treatment.

The driver believed to be responsible for this collision, a 46-year-old female, was also taken to a nearby hospital with a head injury. At the hospital, a drug pipe was allegedly found in her possession, and she supposedly admitted to having consumed an alcoholic beverage earlier in the day. Police were able to obtain a warrant to collect blood samples to determine if any impairing substances played a role in the crash.

While both of the victims of this horrible car accident are entitled to and will likely receive workers' compensation benefits, it is unlikely that the amount received will be enough to cover all the expenses and financial losses incurred as a result. Both maintain the right to file personal injury claims against the driver deemed responsible. If liability is established, a civil court in Texas could grant each victim monetary compensation, providing financial relief for their current and future economic losses.

Source: news-journal.com, "Police find alcohol, drug pipe after trash truck wreck", Reese Gordon, July 10, 2014

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