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Strange tragedy

The Raleigh News and Observer recently carried an article about an unusual and tragic motor vehicle accident.

According to the paper, a Louisiana woman was driving to bring her husband a surprise breakfast at the Lafayette post office where he worked when her vehicle was struck from above by a plane. The impact caused her vehicle to flip several times and then burst into flames.

Five people in the plane were killed, including sports reporter Carley McCord, the daughter-in-law of LSU’s offensive coordinator.

The plane was on its way to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, the paper reported.

The woman who filed the lawsuit was in her vehicle just outside of the post office when the plane crashed. Because her visit to bring breakfast was a surprise, her husband didn’t know she was there when he ran outside after the crash.

He soon noticed his wife “screaming and crying in pain,” however, her lawsuit states.

She suffered burns on 30 percent of her body. According to the paper, she seeks compensation for her injuries, pain, lost wages and emotional trauma.

Last month, McCord’s husband filed a lawsuit against the plane’s owners, their insurers and the pilot’s estate.

Burns are some of the most damaging and painful injuries a person can sustain in a car crash. Others include:

  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Disfigurement

When the very worst happens, surviving loved ones can file for compensation for loss of support, medical care expenses, funeral expenses and more in a wrongful death lawsuit.

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