Woman Killed in Third Street Tunnel Crash

By Peter DePaolis

A 23-year-old woman suffered fatal injuries last month when her Chrysler Sebring collided with a Department of Public Works truck in the Third Street Tunnel. The truck accident occurred just before midnight in the southbound lanes of the tunnel. Workers had stopped the Ford pickup truck to perform maintenance work in the tunnel. The workers had not yet exited the truck when the victim’s car collided with it.

The victim suffered serious head and upper torso injuries. Rescue workers rushed her to the hospital, where she later died from her injuries. Doctors treated three city workers for non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities shut down the southbound lanes of the tunnel for several hours following the accident, but the lanes re-opened by 6:30 a.m.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash. The Major Crash Reconstruction team is helping with the investigation. A spokesperson for the Department of Public Works confirmed that the workers are part of a crew that picks up large pieces of trash from the city’s roadways.

Collisions with trucks and municipal vehicles raise complex regulatory and liability issues. An experienced Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer can help you if you suffer injuries in an automobile accident. Contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.