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Hydroplane truck accident takes 1 life in West Virginia

A man from Washington has passed away after being involved in an accident in West Virginia. All told, four cars were involved in the wreck, but it appears that only one person was killed.

The accident happened when rain had slicked down the surface of Interstate 70 and pooled up in places. Reports indicate that a truck hit one of those pools of water at a high enough rate of speed for it to hydroplane. This sent it out of control, it went up and over the median, and it slammed into the other vehicles.

No one else was even seriously injured. An investigation to learn more is being carried out by the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

The crash made national news because Nevada Rep. Joe Heck and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio watched the crash unfold and pulled over to help. They had been in Ohio and were driving to their hotel. Reports claim that they assisted one person who was trapped in his or her car, getting the victim out, and then helped until the emergency response team was on the site. In fact, it was Heck who pronounced the man dead at the scene, since he has training as a combat surgeon.

When a loved one is killed in an accident, everything can change in a split second. Family members know that financial compensation won't bring that person back, but it can help in this tough situation. It provides money to cover medical costs and funeral costs, and it can help cover lost wages if the person who passed away was the family's main source of income. Be sure you know your legal options if you're in this situation.

Source: Observer Reporter, "Washington man killed in West Virginia accident Thursday," Oct. 01, 2016

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