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Spartan football players injured in chain reaction crash

Just after 3:30 in the afternoon yesterday Michigan State Football Players Lawrence Thomas and William Gholston were injured when they were involved in a multi-vehicle car accident on Interstate 96. A report n the accident in the Detroit Free Press said that neither of the young athletes, nor anyone else involved in the accident, suffered serious injuries. Both Thomas, a redshirt freshman, and Gholston, a junior, are from Detroit.

The accident itself involved a series of events that ultimately led to the football players' vehicle on its side in a ditch and another car ending up on its roof. A Michigan State Trooper indicated that the incident began when one vehicle changed lanes in front of a Hyundai sedan, cutting it off. The woman driving the Hyundai lost control of her vehicle as a result. The Hyundai then swerved into the path of the SUV which was being driven by Gholston. Those two cars collided and rolled off the road into the shoulder.

Under the law there is a concept known as a 'proximate cause.' The proximate cause of an event is a cause that is not only necessary to have created the final result, but also a cause that is actually likely to have caused the final outcome, so that the final result is the natural and probable result of the conduct. So in this case, despite the fact that there were several intervening occurrences it was still likely foreseeable that cutting in front of another vehicles on the highway is likely to cause an accident.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "Spartans William Gholston, Lawrence Thomas suffer minor injuries in rollover crash," Kevin Bull, May 3, 2012

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