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Single vehicular rollover accident claims 5 men's lives

A highway accident in Iowa lead to the death of five men on the night of Jan. 10. Authorities suspect that speeding and consuming alcohol caused the single-car rollover crash. A 29-year-old man was heading east on Interstate 80 in a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro carrying four passengers when it crossed the median and ended up on the other side of the highway. After crossing the westbound lanes, the car reportedly rolled almost one quarter of a mile off the highway, according to a state patrol officer. The car came to rest in a field on the north side of the Interstate.

The Camaro's four passengers included a 41-year-old, 25-year-old, 21-year-old and a 19-year-old. They were pronounced dead at the scene of the auto accident. The driver wasn't wearing a seat belt. The 41-year-old man was the only passenger in the car who was buckled up. Even so, neither the driver nor his passengers were ejected from the vehicle.

The highway roads were wet when the car accident occurred, but there wasn't any ice at the time. The Camaro went off the road at a point where the highway curved, a state patrol officer said. The men were all from Grand Island, Nebraska. Another six people were also killed in car accidents on Iowa highways on January 10 and 11. The state patrol stated that icy roads were suspected of being contributing factors in most of the additional car accidents.

Passengers who are killed or injured due to reckless driving are typically entitled to compensation. In cases where passengers die, their families might seek reparations on behalf of their loved ones. An attorney could advise members of victims if they have cause for a wrongful death suit.

Source: The Omaha World Herald, "5 Nebraska men killed in one-car Iowa rollover crash", January 11, 2014

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