A dump truck filled with sand made an evasive maneuver to avoid a car that had pulled onto the road. The dump truck swerved and toppled over, landing on an SUV traveling next to the truck. The SUV filled with sand, and the unidentified driver of the SUV died in the Cherry Hill dump truck accident.
Police are still investigating the incident and it’s unclear who is responsible, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Haddonfield-Berlin Road and Morris Drive shortly before noon. The dump truck driver was reportedly traveling northwest on Haddonfield-Berlin, and swerved to avoid a vehicle that had pulled out of Morris in an attempt to turn left onto Haddonfield-Berlin, reports the Inquirer. Authorities do not yet know which driver had the right-of-way.
The truck driver was not injured, and he also was not identified. The dump truck is operated by MJF Materials of Berlin.
If it is determined that the dump truck was traveling too fast, or overreacted to the third vehicle, the driver of the truck (and his employer) may be liable in a wrongful death lawsuit. To prove such a claim, the family of the victim would have to prove that the truck driver was careless or negligent in his driving.
A dump truck filled with sand probably weighs several tons and needs much more time to react to sudden changes in traffic. A car pulling into the road should not normally cause a truck to topple, especially on the residential road where the accident occurred.
A woman was killed in a fatal Cherry dump truck accident. Authorities now have to figure out why this accident occurred.
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