In many cases, the most serious car accidents are those that involve more than one vehicle. This is not to say that single vehicle accidents cannot lead to serious injury or even death, but those involving multiple cars can result in more casualties.
On Aug. 31, 2013, six people were killed in a rural northwestern Pennsylvania highway accident in which one vehicle crashed into another head on. Among the dead were four adults and two children.
According to reports, a 36-year-old woman driving a Jeep Liberty crossed the center line of U.S. Route 219 in the Allegheny National Forest which led to a collision with a Pontiac Bonneville. This led to the death of her daughter and nephew, as well as the four people driving in the Pontiac. The only survivors of the accident were the driver and her 10-year-old son. A boy, 6 years of age, and girl, 12, were killed.
The investigating officer noted that he believes the driver of the Jeep was at fault, and that she will face some type of criminal charges. At this point, more information is not available as the investigation into the accident continues.
Police also noted that at least three of the deceased were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The McKean County Coroner reported that all six people were declared dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma. Both of the vehicles were severely damaged in the accident. U.S. Route 219 was forced to be closed for more than six hours, in both directions, while crews cleaned up the accident.
As you can see by this news story, it only takes one mishap on the road to lead to serious injuries and death.
Source: CBS News, “6 killed in head-on car crash in northwestern Pa.” No author given, Sep. 02, 2013