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Serious auto accident kills 5 in California, injures driver

A death caused by a car accident is almost always a tragedy, but five fatalities as the result of a wreck can be absolutely devastating. A serious auto accident in California recently ended the lives of several people in one family, including young children. While those five people were crushed to death in their vehicle, the driver that apparently caused the accident was not seriously injured.

A car carrying five passengers was stopped at a stop sign when the accident occurred. A van apparently left its lane and then hit the car around 7 a.m. After striking the other vehicle, the van landed on top it, crushing the car underneath its weight.

A nearby resident reported hearing the accident and his daughter saw at least one victim bleeding from his head. Initially, two of the victims from the crushed car were taken to the hospital, where they were later pronounced dead. Authorities believed that only two other people had been killed in the car, but after hours of work emergency crews discovered a fifth victim that had been crushed.

Investigators are unsure why the van's driver drifted out of his lane, and it was noted that he only received minor injuries in the otherwise serious auto accident. However, this fact may have little consequence to the California family of the five individuals that were killed in the accident. Along with unexpected costs such as funeral and medical expenses that can tragically accompany an accident such as this, the emotional scars may run deep for friends and families of the victims. While no amount of financial recourse can return a lost loved one, a successfully litigated wrongful death claim may help procure a sense of peace and justice to those in mourning.

Source: The Republic, "5 killed when van smashes into car sitting at stop sign in California, sheriff's officials say", , May 11, 2014

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