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San Diego family's SUV nearly plunges off freeway in accident

A trip to Disneyland turned tragic for a family from San Diego, California, last week when a deadly car accident changed their lives forever. The family's SUV was hit by a car that had swerved to avoid another vehicle that had just made an illegal lane change on the freeway.

The SUV rolled over multiple times, then hit the center divider and skidded to the edge of the freeway, teetering on the edge on the brink of falling into a freeway construction zone 30 feet below. Construction workers who were underneath steered a forklift to prevent the vehicle from falling.

The family had been on its way to Anaheim, California, for a trip to the theme park. The 43-year-old driver sustained broken ribs as well as bruises and cuts. His wife also suffered minor injuries. There were three other passengers in the vehicle: a 22-year-old woman and an 8-year-old boy each suffered lacerations and bruises. A 66-year-old woman who was riding in the backseat was killed after suffering major head trauma.

As the family mourns one of its own, there is still much to be decided in the days and weeks ahead. Investigators will need to determine the cause of the accident: what caused the driver of one of the cars to change lanes so suddenly? What led the driver of the car that swerved to take the action that it made?

The family will undoubtedly wish to have a personal injury attorney review the case and determine what kind of action they want to take against the other drivers who were involved in the crash.

Source: ABC News, "1 Person Dies After SUV Dangles From Freeway," April 26, 2012

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