This holiday season, the family of a plastics factory worker will be mourning a tragic loss. A 57-year-old woman was killed in a truck accident while on a smoke break at her Philadelphia place of work.
According to reports, the fatal crash occurred after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. It was dark out and rainy, and a fellow employee at the company says he failed to see the victim before the crash. She was hit by a tractor-trailer and like many others who are hit with such an impact, the woman didn’t survive her significant injuries.
Sources indicate that the truck driver who caused the accident feels sorry about what happened. He’s reportedly “very shaken up about it.” Regret, however, doesn’t mean that criminal or civil charges are out of the question in this matter.
A woman’s life was lost as a result of the incident. Investigators will need to thoroughly determine whether the truck driver could have reasonably prevented the fatal accident. Was he driving too fast? Was he working according to the safety standards of his employer?
Once such questions are addressed, the company will likely have some decisions to make regarding the driver, as well as their safety regulations within the accident area as a whole. Also, answers about what happened will also help the family who lost their loved one in the crash decide whether they have reason to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver or another third party that they believe was negligent.
Phillyburbs.com: “Woman killed at plastics company,” George Mattar, Dec. 22, 2011