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Construction zone accident in Kentucky kills six

Driving through construction zones can be frustrating, to say the least. Lane changes and reduced speed limits can lead to congestion and slow-downs in traffic. The mere sight of those orange barrels and flashing signs may cause a driver to groan. However, they are there for a reason--to keep both motorists and workers safe. The failure to pay attention to changes in traffic when in a construction zone can lead to severe or even fatal car accidents.

A catastrophic four-vehicle collision lead to the deaths of six individuals in Kentucky. The accident took place on Interstate 65 in Bowling Green. The part of the interstate where the accident occurred was reduced from three lanes to two, due to construction activity, and there was traffic congestion. Signs about the construction were up as were orange barrels.

A commercial vehicle was at a stop on the roadway, and two passenger vehicles were stopped behind it. At this point, a second commercial vehicle struck the second passenger vehicle from behind, causing a chain reaction crash. Five people in one of the passenger vehicles and one person in the other passenger vehicle lost their lives in the crash. The accident is still under investigation.

This accident serves as a grim reminder that it is important to take care when driving in construction zones. Lane changes can occur, and people should obey the reduced speed limits, even if workers are not on the site at the time. If a person driving in a construction zone causes an accident, they risk not just their lives, but also the lives of other motorists and workers on the road. If a person is injured or killed in a construction zone accident caused by a negligent driver, that person or their family may want to determine whether they can pursue a lawsuit to recover compensation for the losses they suffered.

Source: WKRN.com, "6 killed in chain reaction collision on I-65 North in Kentucky," July 14, 2017

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