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Three injured in Montana logging truck accident

Year-round, residents in Montana may encounter large trucks of various sizes traveling on major and rural roadways. Whether they are carrying a load of lumber, transporting goods or making a delivery, these large trucks do not drive or maneuver the same way smaller automobiles do. Semi-trucks cannot slow down or speed up as quickly as smaller vehicles. Moreover, these large vehicles are more prone to losing control. Because of that, drivers of large trucks need to be cautious when on the road, in order to avoid causing a truck crash.

The Montana Highway Patrol was recently dispatched to a logging truck accident. According to reports, the accident involved a loaded logging truck and a pick-up truck near Bigfork, Montana.

Preliminary reports suggest that the accident happened about mid-afternoon when the driver of the pick-up truck pulled out into the road and drove in front of an oncoming truck carrying lumber. Police believe that the lumber truck attempted to avoid hitting the pick-up truck, but collided into the driver's side of the pick-up truck.

The collision caused the pick-up truck to roll over at least one-and-a-half times, ejecting the driver from the pick-up truck. The crash caused the logging truck to spin out of control, roll over onto its side and slide into a ditch.

Reports indicate that the ejected driver of the pickup truck, the driver of the logging truck and a passenger in the logging truck all suffered injuries as a result of the crash. The crash is still being investigated and the ultimate cause has not been confirmed at this time. A full investigation will be important in determining the specific factors that led to the crash, as in many crashes, certain elements that played a role may not be initially obvious. Once the investigation is completed, an injured party may be able to seek financial compensation from the party at fault for the injuries and damages that resulted from the crash.

Source: Kaj18.com, "1 hospitalized after Bigfork logging truck crash," Dec. 19, 2015

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