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2 men killed in car accident by Massachusetts high school

Authorities are investigating a horrific crash that took the lives of two men. The devastation was so bad that police are not even sure which man was driving the vehicle. One of the men succumbed to his injuries soon after the car accident, while the other died several hours later at a Massachusetts hospital.

According to authorities, the driver was speeding in a posted 25 mph school zone. The rental car reportedly flew through an intersection before slamming into the concrete wall of the local high school. The vehicle was so mangled that firefighters had to extricate the men from the twisted wreckage. The 37-year-old victim is suspected to have been the driver, and the 34-year-old victim is thought to have been the passenger.

According to eyewitness accounts, the car crossed multiple lanes and showed no signs of slowing down as it approached the intersection. The car then hopped the curb, causing it to catapult into a tree. However, the car did not come to a rest there; it reportedly spun around in midair before slamming into the wall. Fortunately, the schoolyard was empty because school had let out only some 30 minutes prior to the crash. This tragedy could well have taken more lives if school was still in session when it occurred.

It might be some time before the Massachusetts authorities confirm which of the deceased men was actually driving the car. While the families of the two men are grieving for the loss of their loved ones, the investigation continues. Once a conclusive determination is made as to which man was driving, the family of the other man may choose to explore the viability of pursuing a wrongful death claim against the driver's estate. A number of factors may be involved in making a decision about whether to move forward with a legal claim as a result of this tragic car accident, but the financial consequences of the fatal accident may dictate that legal relief is necessary.

Source: boston.com, 2 die when car crashes at Pittsfield High School, No author, Jan. 15, 2014

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