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Truck accident kills 1 in Texas

One man is dead and a bridge severely damaged after crash in Texas. The truck accident occurred at the end of March in the Austin area. The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Motor Vehicles are currently investigating this incident.

An accident on Interstate 35, between a semi and an overpass, caused several beams to fall onto the roadway. According to authorities, a pickup was struck by the debris and the driver killed as a result. The victim was a 32-year-old male from Arlington.

According to reports, the driver of the semi was supposedly hauling a load that exceeded the posted clearance height of the bridge. Authorities claim the driver lacked the proper permit for the oversized load. It has not yet been decided whether the driver will face criminal and/or administrative penalties for the crash. As a result of the wreck, the interstate was closed for more than half a day to allow crews to clear the scene.

This truck accident will, undoubtedly, leave the victim's loved ones with a lot of questions that need answers in order to help with the grieving process -- which authorities appear to be working diligently to provide. The sudden and unexpected loss of life can take a significant financial toll on a family. Funeral expenses, lost income and benefits and a multitude of other monetary losses can add up quickly. In this particular case, the decedent's surviving family members may, if they choose, take legal actions against the semi driver and his employer. If negligence can be satisfactorily established before a Texas civil court, financial relief may be granted for any economic damages suffered as a result of this terrible tragedy.

Source: kxan.com, "DMV: Driver responsible for I-35 bridge crash did not have proper permit", Calily Bien and Robert Maxwell, March 27, 2015

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