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CO police investigate 13-vehicle accident

In the days and weeks after a car accident, many questions might be swirling around what caused it. The results of subsequent law enforcement investigations can provide critical information for the victims and their family members. Unfortunately, it may not be entirely clear what conclusions reached by the police inquiry means for those impacted by the accident.

An ongoing truck accident investigation in Colorado will likely provide much-needed clarity to many of the drivers who were affected. In the middle of the afternoon, a semi truck collided with at least a dozen vehicles stopped at an intersection. At this point, police are trying to figure out why the truck driver didn't stop.

As a result of the crash, several people were injured and four of them were brought to a local hospital for medical care. Witnesses say that simply looking at the scene of the accident would suggest the accident caused fatalities. Thankfully, all of the victims are expected to recover. Still, the injuries they suffered could require extensive medical treatment and recovery time.

The focus of the investigation, according to police, is what prevented the driver from stopping at the intersection where a number of cars were already stopped. Specifically, they are wondering whether or not he had some sort of medical episode.

Although medical difficulties might be one explanation for the crash, there are certainly a number of other issues that could have contributed to the accident. For example, the truck's brakes -- or some other mechanical component -- could have been improperly maintained or defective. If this is the case, then parties other than the truck driver could have contributed to this massive pileup.

Source:, "Witnesses: Runaway semi-truck causes 13-vehicle crash at Hampden bypass and Clarkson," Marsall Zelinger, Oct. 21, 2013

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