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A wrongful death lawsuit claims a defective tire made by a North Carolina tire company, caused a pickup truck to crash on a Southern California freeway killing five family members.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges Continental Tire North America of negligence, wrongful death, product liability and breach of implied warranty. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of two women whose mother, father and four-year-old brother, were killed in the March 15th crash.

Two others were killed and two children injured when the Ford F150 pickup truck went out of control on Interstate 10, striking a tree and then the wall.

The Charlotte, North Carolina, company has issued a statement saying “their thoughts and well wishes are with the families that were involved in the accident.

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