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2 dead, several injured in 10-vehicle, 18-wheeler wreck

Responders worked for hours to free injured persons from the wreckage at the scene of a fatal accident that occurred on Nov. 19 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The wreck happened at about 6:30 a.m. on U.S. Route 222 when the driver of a semi-truck allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and plowed into nine other vehicles. A 23-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman died in the crash.

The driver of the rig was a 50-year-old man who began his shift at 1:30 a.m. A report by the Berks County District Attorney established that authorities charged the truck driver with two counts of homicide by vehicle and nine counts of aggravated assault along with several other allegations. Police did not believe the man was under the influence, but he likely underwent a blood test according to the D.A.

Common causes of Pennsylvania stillbirths

A stillbirth is defined as the intrauterine death and delivery of an infant that has developed for more than 20 weeks. It is said to occur once for every 160 deliveries and generally occurs prior to labor. However, some stillbirths occur during labor or even delivery.

In some cases, an autopsy may be performed and is considered the best way to determine why a baby died. It is important to note that there is no uniform procedure that takes place after a baby is delivered stillborn. It may be possible to ask for an autopsy even if the hospital doesn't typically perform one on stillborn babies. Doing an autopsy may provide closure, which could help with the emotional recovery.

Motorcyclist dies in crash with drunk driver

A Pennsylvania motorcyclist, 23, is dead after a Boswell Borough crash on Nov. 8. According to police, the pickup driver believed to have caused the accident was impaired.

The 56-year-old pickup driver, a resident of Boswell Borough, was taken into custody after police decided that he was intoxicated when he entered the biker's path. A police department representative said charges were pending as of Nov. 9. According to court records, the pickup driver has been charged with drunk behavior in public and drunk driving in the past.

Widow files wrongful death lawsuit for fatal car accident

According to court documents, the widow of a 73-year-old Endicott man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the 23-year-old man accused of killing him in a May 10 accident on I-81 in Pennsylvania. The defendant is currently facing criminal charges, including a murder charge, in relation to the fatal crash.

According to police reports, the defendant was driving at almost 80 mph just prior to the accident. Witnesses alleged that he was passing vehicles in the non-passing lane and driving on the shoulder at times. The victim had reportedly pulled his vehicle onto the shoulder of the interstate in order to check his tires.

Pennsylvania man sentenced for crash that killed twin siblings

A Jessup man has been sentenced for a car accident that killed twin siblings in an October 2011 collision. The accident reportedly occurred on Interstate 84 in the Dunmore area.

The man, age 35, allegedly suffered a seizure behind the wheel of a dump truck. The dump truck veered off the road, crossed the interstate's median and struck a car carrying the 40-year-old twins.

Pennsylvania man dies in deer-related crash

A New Kensington man is dead after another car attempted to avoid hitting a deer in Red Bank. The victim and his wife were struck head-on by the driver of an SUV who swerved into oncoming traffic in an attempt to avoid a deer.

According to authorities, the victim and his wife were southbound on Route 66 when a truck in the northbound lane hit their vehicle. The driver of the SUV lost control of his or her vehicle trying to avoid a deer on the wet, rural road and swerved into oncoming traffic. The 53-year-old victim and his 58-year-old wife were airlifted to a hospital in Pittsburgh.

Alleged drunk driver extradited back to Pennsylvania

A man accused of a fatal drunk driving collision that occurred on May 28 is back in Pennsylvania to face his charges. Following the accident, the man, who reportedly has a prior drunk driving conviction, was located in North Carolina and arrested there in September on his Pennsylvania charges.

After going through an extradition proceeding, the man was returned to the state on Oct. 26. The man will remain in custody with no bail until his case is completed. He faces charges of DUI, vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and multiple traffic offenses.

74-year-old Pennsylvania woman dies in collision

On Oct. 24, a 74-year-old Pennsylvania woman was killed in a car accident after her vehicle was struck by a Chevrolet truck. It was reported that the accident was caused by the driver of the truck after he failed to stop at a stop sign before entering an intersection.

A representative with the state police stated that, at about 10:30 a.m., the deceased woman was driving her 1995 Taurus station wagon through an intersection in Jackson Township when the driver of the truck, a 76-year-old man, failed to stop at a stop sign. He reportedly broadsided the woman's vehicle.

Birth injury may result in brachial plexus damage

As many Pennsylvania parents know, brachial plexus injuries may occur when a doctor or midwife uses excessive force to dislodge the infant's shoulder. One system evaluates the type of brachial plexus injury based on its severity.

The least traumatic is referred to as a stretch injury. This injury stretches the nerve fibers as they emanate from the cervical spine and innervate the hand, arm and shoulder. Severity is gauged by whether the nerve sheath is left intact. If so, the resultant damage or neurapraxia is generally short-lived. If the weakness and loss of sensation do not gradually subside over a period of weeks or months, the injury may more severe.

What is central cord syndrome?

Some Pennsylvania residents may suffer from impaired movement due to an incomplete spinal cord injury. The most common form of this type of injury is called central cord syndrome, and it typically affects the use of the arms and hands. Central cord syndrome is frequently caused by trauma such as an automobile accident or a contact sports injury. However, some sufferers developed the condition as their vertebrae weakened over time.

The amount of impairment caused by this type spinal cord injury varies, and it depends largely on the amount of trauma experienced by the neck and back. Symptoms of central cord syndrome range from a partial loss of sensation in the fingers and arms and impaired fine control to a complete loss of movement. Other symptoms include burning, tingling and a persistent ache.

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