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5 people injured in North Carolina car accident

Five people, including a 2-year-old child, were involved in a multiple vehicle accident on NC-42 West in Johnston County. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a pickup truck was hauling a trailer that was overloaded with construction material when it came loose. As a result, it struck an SUV that was carrying a woman and her young daughter.

At that point, a van traveling in the opposite direction attempted to swerve to avoid the trailer. This led to a head-on collision. The front end of the van was smashed, and the driver was taken to the hospital for treatment.

A witness said, "All of a sudden I just heard this bang and I saw the trailer go up in the air. Then I just heard bang, bang. I knew there was more than one vehicle involved."

Fortunately, the mother and her child were not injured in the accident, and at this time, it appears that the driver of the van was the only person transported to the hospital.

Police closed the area for several hours while the roadway was cleared of debris. Authorities have cited the pickup truck driver with failing to secure his load, which was the reason for the initial accident.

These are the types of car accidents that can be most dangerous, since multiple vehicles and multiple people are involved. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured or killed in the accident, however, this is not always the case. It is important for anybody involved in such an accident to understand his or her rights as a victim.

Source: ABC 11, "Serious accident involving trucks and other vehicles shuts down NC-42" Jul. 29, 2014

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