In this week’s Philadelphia metro area accident report: a SEPTA bus accident leaves six people injured in North Philly, the victim of a drunk truck driver is awarded $15.5 million, hundreds lose power after a pole gets knocked down in Delco, and two people are seriously injured in a Burlington County auto accident.
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6 People Injured In North Philadelphia SEPTA Bus Accident
Six people were injured when a SEPTA bus got into an accident with another vehicle in North Philadelphia on Friday, October 20th. The accident occurred around 7 a.m. at the intersection of North 6th and West Berks streets.
The bus driver and all five passengers were brought to Temple University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the other vehicle left the scene for unknown reasons. Police are currently investigating the cause of the crash and why the other driver left the scene.
Philadelphia Jury Awards $15.5 Million To Pedestrian Hit By Drunk Trucker
A Philadelphia jury awarded a $15.5 million verdict to a man who was severely injured by a drunken commercial truck driver. The plaintiff was standing on the side of the road when he was struck by a commercial truck owned by J.B. Hunt and operated by an intoxicated employee. He suffered a shredded diaphragm, a paralyzed right arm, and other injuries which impaired his ability to perform daily tasks on his own.
The jury found J.B. Hunt 40 percent negligent for failing to properly check into their employee’s background before hiring him. The drunk driver had a history of DUI, fleeing from police, and was fired from a previous job for failing a drug test. The driver, who is currently in prison for charges related to the accident, was considered 60 percent negligent.
The verdict was divided into $12.2 million for economic damages and pain and suffering, with $3.3 million in loss of consortium damages for the victim’s wife.
Hundreds Without Power In Delaware County After Truck Knocks Down Pole, Wires
Hundreds of Delaware County homes were without power after a large truck knocked down an electrical pole and wires just before dawn on Monday. The accident occurred on West Chester Pike near Manoa Road at around 4 a.m.
A small fire was set off and approximately 500 PECO customers lost electricity in the area surrounding the accident scene. West Chester Pike was temporarily closed down in both directions, but reopened later in the morning. There were no injuries reported in the accident.
2 Injured In Burlington County Motorcycle, SUV Collision
Two people were seriously injured in a collision between a motorcycle and SUV in Burlington, NJ on Thursday night. The accident happened at around 8:45 p.m. at the intersection of Sunset Road and Bloomer Drive.
Rescue crews responded to the scene and had to cut the driver of the SUV out of their vehicle. The motorcyclist was ejected from his bike and was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where he was listed in critical condition.
The driver of the SUV remained at the scene and cooperated with police. No criminal charges have been filed. The accident is still under investigation.