UPS truck strikes minivan in fatal accident

A woman from Georgia was riding in a minivan as a passenger when the van was involved in a devastating accident. It all started when a tree fell onto the interstate. In an attempt to miss the tree, the van's driver slowed down abruptly.

Behind the van was a tractor-trailer being driven for UPS. The huge truck could not stop fast enough to avoid an accident and slammed into the back of the van. The impact smashed the van up against the guardrail.

There were four people in the van in total, and three of them ended up at University Hospital after emergency crews rushed them to the medical center. The fourth person was a 33-year-old woman. Tragically, she passed away at the accident scene.

The driver of the semi did not get injured in the accident.

Pictures from the scene show the semi sitting still in the darkness on I-65 after the crash. Emergency workers are on site, wearing bright high-visibility vests as they work on the van, which is mostly hidden behind the rail. Though it is dark, the damage to the semi appears minimal. According to a mile-marker sign in the shot, the accident happened almost exactly at Mile 12.

This accident does a good job of showing just how hard it can be to avoid an accident. Skill as a driver does not matter when unexpected hazards crop up in front of the car or another vehicle follows too close to avoid a wreck. Those who get injured need to know all the options they have to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and the like.

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