In southwestern Pennsylvania, a driver of a Caprice station wagon was waiting in the median of a busy, four-lane highway to enter northbound traffic. A southbound tractor-trailer travelling at a high rate of speed clipped the station wagon, flipped on its side and plowed into the northbound lanes, colliding with two vehicles.

The driver of one vehicle, a 45-year-old man from Terra Alta, W.Va., was travelling to work training in Pittsburgh, Pa. As a result of the violent impact, he lost consciousness. Firefighters freed him from the vehicle with the jaws of life and he was life flighted to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. He underwent surgery for a knee fractures and multiple injuries. As a result of the crash, the man was confined to his home, unable to walk. Finally, more than a year later and after additional surgeries, he was able to bear his own weight, walking with a cane.



His permanent physical injuries left him unable to work in his original occupation and he faced more than $300,000 in medical bills.