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Multi-vehicle car accident ends with 1 Marine killed

An unfortunate series of accidents may have been the cause of a U.S. Marine's death. A multi-vehicle car accident can be a frightening ordeal, but many may expect for injuries to occur when being struck rather than afterward. In this instance, California police are still investigating the exact cause of the Marine's death.

It is still not known why a woman lost control of her vehicle while traveling westbound on I-8. She ended up hitting a barrier, and her vehicle eventually came to a stop in the center of the interstate. Shortly afterward, three other cars crashed into her vehicle.

A truck carrying two Marines was one of the vehicles that slammed into the woman's car. Despite being on the interstate, the two exited the truck in order to help the woman who wrecked her vehicle first. When an oncoming vehicle approached the scene of the accident rapidly, one of the Marines hopped over the barrier and landed on an underpass about 20 feet down. The second Marine may have been hit by another vehicle and subsequently knocked over the barrier, where he also landed on the underpass.

The second Marine was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and it is believed that he may have been struck by an oncoming vehicle. California authorities are pushing forward with their investigation into the car accident and the actual cause of the Marine's death. If authorities are able to determine that he was indeed struck by another vehicle and that his death was caused by another driver's negligence, his family retains the right to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of his estate. If successfully litigated, the potential financial recourse can help alleviate the financial burden of costs associated with accidents such as this, and this may also provide a sense of justice to a family that is mourning the loss of a loved one.

Source:, Marine Killed in Chain Reaction Crash Identified, Diana Guevara, Monica Garske and Andie Adams, Feb. 24, 2014

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