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Jackknifed Roxbury Truck Engulfs SUV in Flames

By Lependorf & Silverstein on February 7, 2016

Two drivers caught in the wake of a jackknifed big-rig avoided serious injury this past week, despite the fireball that followed. The accident occurred around before dawn on a recent Sunday morning along Route 80 near Roxbury. The 2004 Freightliner tractor-trailer was heading west when it lost control on the snowy road, which caused it to jackknife over three lanes. Two vehicles – 2008 Toyota SUV and a 2009 Honda SUV – struck the trailer half of the vehicle as it came to rest. Shortly after the collision, the Toyota was engulfed in flames.

Officials aren’t sure how the fire started, or how the people managed to escape the flames. Despite the fire and jackknife, everyone involved walked away from the collision with only minor injuries. Both SUV drivers were transported to the Morristown Medical Center and later released. The crash shut down Route 80 for over an hour while troopers investigated the scene.

Jackknife accidents are one of the most frightening incidents that can occur. The risk of serious physical injury and death is increased when a truck driver loses control of his trailer. If you or a loved one has been involved in such a wreck, you may be able to pursue damages – even if there were no physical injuries.

For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. today. We are experienced New Jersey jackknife accident attorneys. You can reach us at (609) 240-0040.

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