On July 6, a tractor trailer that was towing equipment for a local fair overturned on an exit off Route 55 in Vineland, injuring six people. The truck accident occurred at 1 p.m., closing Exit 29 for a few hours.
The driver's destination was the Cumberland County Fairgrounds in Millville. The fair was scheduled to open on July 7. According to a preliminary investigation done by law enforcement officials, the driver took Exit 29's ramp too fast and lost control. Five of the injured passengers were transported to Camden's Cooper University Medical Center. The sixth person was taken to Inspira Medical Center in Vineland for observation. Police said that none of the injured parties suffered life-threatening wounds.
The amusement park ride and the truck belonged to a traveling carnival company that is based out of state. At this time, local police could not reveal the name of the company. The extent of the damage done to the amusement park ride is not known. The truck driver was not arrested, nor were any citations given out at the scene. The accident is still under investigation.
Depending on the results of the investigation, possible plaintiffs from this accident could collect damages from the truck driver or the traveling carnival company. The good news for the possible plaintiffs in this case is that a preliminary investigation shows that the tractor-trailer driver was speeding. However, law enforcement officials will have to complete their case before the plaintiff's attorney could use it as evidence. In most cases, plaintiffs can collect damages when it can be proven that the defendant was negligent while behind the wheel.