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Hit-and-run car accident sends 1 to hospital

California police say that a disabled vehicle caused a chain reaction wreck that sent one person to the hospital. However, police are still searching for the driver of that disabled vehicle. Because of the driver's disappearance, the car accident is currently being investigated as a hit-and-run.

According to authorities, a disabled vehicle was sitting on the southbound side of Interstate 880 at approximately 3 a.m. It was not on the shoulder of the road and did not have any lights on at the time, and it is not clear if the driver was still in the vehicle or nearby. An oncoming 18-wheeler did not see the disabled vehicle in time and, although the driver took action to avoid a collision, he ultimately lost control of the truck.

After hitting the center divider, the 18-wheeler also hit a sign that fell into northbound lanes and then tipped onto its side. The truck was carrying wine at the time, and its contents spilled onto the interstate. A third vehicle hit the overturned tractor trailer, although it appears as though that driver was not injured in the wreck. The 18-wheeler driver was transported to an area hospital for his injuries.

Being the victim of a hit-and-run car accident can heap emotional trauma on top of physical injuries. California drivers injured while carrying out their work duties -- such as 18-wheeler drivers carrying transport loads -- are typically entitled to workers' compensation. Moreover, victims may also achieve just legal recourse from third parties deemed responsible. 

Source: sfgate.com, "Big rig carrying wine goes sideways in multi-car crash on I-880", Hamed Aleaziz, April 15, 2016

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