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Fiery car accident leaves 4 victims dead and more injured

A tragic collision in a DC suburb has left more than a dozen people seriously injured and four people dead. The collision occurred between a church van and a pickup truck, the truck bursting into flames when the two vehicles collided. At this time, no criminal charges have been filed and the investigation into the car accident is ongoing.

Authorities believe that the truck rear-ended another vehicle, after which it still traveled several hundred yards up the road. The truck then lost control, crossed the double yellow line and eventually crossed the path of the oncoming van. The van hit the truck on the right side, after which the truck caught fire. Nearby residents who heard the crash rushed out to help fight the flames, but there was nothing that could be done for the victims inside the van.

In addition to the four people who were killed in the collision, including one child, 14 other people suffered serious injury. Six children and eight adults were sent to area hospitals for emergency medical treatment. At least eight of the injured people were in critical condition immediately after the accident. 

In a complex car accident such as this, there may be multiple liable parties who could be held to account for the pain and suffering endured by victims and their loved ones. No amount of compensation can bring back loved ones who were killed or undo injuries, but it can help grieving families and victims recover from the financial losses they may have incurred. In this and similar cases, a complete case evaluation with a DC personal injury professional could identify what legal options are available.

Source: fox5dc.com, "4 dead, 14 hurt in horrific crash in Hyattsville", Nov. 9, 2016

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