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Ohio truck driver injures woman mowing lawn, knocks over garage

A 61-year-old Findlay woman found herself seriously injured after a semi-truck crashed into her property on June 26. The 66-year-old driver of the truck ran off the road and crashed into a fence and a utility pole, eventually colliding with a garage.

The accident occurred at about 8:45 p.m. near I-75 and left the woman pinned under debris with life-threatening injuries. Drivers passing by the crash site stopped and helped to rescue the woman from the wreckage. State troopers say the crash caused the truck to leak 50 gallons of fuel, requiring thorough cleanup by local environmental agencies. The garage was pushed off its foundations during the collision, also pulling down a privacy fence and damaging two walls.

The truck reportedly struck another utility pole before stopping in a ditch. The injured woman was hospitalized, and the driver of the truck received medical attention at the scene. Troopers did not believe intoxication was a factor in the crash, but the driver was given a citation for failing to maintain control.

Further investigation may reveal whether the truck accident involved negligence or if the driver lost control due to lack of sleep. The truck company may be found liable if inadequate training or poor maintenance contributed to the accident. Individuals who are involved in a similar situation may wish to pursue compensation from the party at fault, whether it is the driver of the truck or the company that owned it. Compensation could cover medical bills, loss of income and the cost of repairs to damaged property.

Source: NBC 24, " Semi crashes into garage injuring Findlay woman mowing yard", Amulya Raghuveer, June 27, 2014

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