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Police: winter weather accident is a 'war zone'

As Albany drivers know full well, when winter hits hard, driving conditions can change in an instant. When that happens, car accidents, injuries and fatalities can result.

According to Idaho State Police, it appears that winter conditions played a significant role in a massive traffic accident involving at least 40 vehicles, officials said. One official described the scene as looking like "a war zone."

The crashes yesterday morning apparently involved a logging truck in addition to a slew of passenger vehicles traveling on Interstate 84.

Police said at least 10 people had to be taken to an area hospital with injuries after a minimum of 44 vehicles were involved in a series of collisions. No fatalities were reported.

A 52-year-old Subaru driver listed in serious condition sustained the worst injuries, officials said. His vehicle reportedly crashed into the logging truck.

A newspaper reporter who witnessed the crashes said, "it was a massive chain reaction...it was an eerie scene out there."

Another witness said people were running from their crashed vehicles as more cars and trucks approached and crashed.

Vehicles were reportedly strewn over a two-mile section of the westbound lanes of the interstate highway.

In many similar winter crashes, motorists are unfairly blamed for weather conditions over which they have no control.

As anyone facing litigation over a weather-caused accident can tell you, the prospect of entering the New York court system is a daunting one. Most people in this serious predicament seek the legal guidance of an experienced attorney.

Source: KBOI, "44 vehicles, log truck involved in massive I-84 crash: 'A war zone'," Jan. 9, 2013

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