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Truck full of circus elephants runs off the interstate

One of the few things that is scarier than being involved in an accident with a tractor trailer is being involved in an accident with a tractor trailer that is full of elephants. While that is probably not on anyone's mind as they pass by large trucks on the interstates in Michigan, large trucks are of course typically full of cargo--and sometimes that cargo can be very dangerous itself.

Over the weekend a truck pulling a trailer full of elephants did end up in a truck accident. The truck ran off of an interstate, but luckily no one was injured in the accident.

The four elephants were also unharmed.

According to the Associated Press, on Sunday evening the truck drove off of Interstate 10 in southern Mississippi and went down an embankment. The truck was transporting elephants for the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars at the time.

The truck driver told the highway patrol that another vehicle forced him off of the road.

The trailer was towed to the circus grounds and the elephants were reportedly calm on arrival. Unfortunately, all truck accidents do not end so happily.

Car accidents involving large trucks have the potential to be fatal or cause catastrophic injuries. A variety of factors can lead to dangerous truck accidents, including speeding, driver fatigue, poor truck maintenance or unbalanced cargo, and of course drug or alcohol use.

When someone is hurt in a truck accident, it can be difficult to know who is liable because there are so many levels of ownership and responsibility involved in the trucking industry. Sometimes the individual driver, his or her employer or another party entirely should be held accountable in the aftermath of a truck accident. Experienced truck accident attorneys are well-versed in this area and they can help accident victims obtain compensation from the appropriate parties.

Source: thenewstribune.com, "4 elephants OK after circus truck wrecks in Miss.," Holbrook Mohr, Oct. 15, 2012

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