Iron County, UT — Authorities are looking into a suspected braking issue after a truck driver died on Monday afternoon (November 11) along SR-20. Truck driver Kaynita Spencer, 47, was killed on Monday when her double trailer semi-truck lost control on SR-20 near I-15 and overturned.

The accident happened at about 4:30 p.m. that afternoon. Spencer was driving the double-trailer truck along SR-20 and was preparing to make a left turn onto the frontage road for I-15 when the truck lost control and rolled over.

Spencer was killed after her truck landed in a ditch, police said. According to some witnesses, Spencer’s truck had been smoking for several miles and they believed that she was having braking problems.

This is still being investigated by DPS troopers and they haven’t confirmed if braking issues really did contribute to the accident.

Scene of the Accident

Commentary:

Without knowing anything else about this accident, I still think that a thorough investigation is a good idea here. If the news reports are correct, then there’s a possibility that a mechanical issue or even a defective part on the truck itself played a major role in the accident. If the truck’s brakes were simply in bad need of repair, then whoever is responsible for maintaining the truck may have to answer for the accident. But, the manufacturer of the brakes themselves would be liable if the accident was caused by a defective part. I won’t pretend to know all the answers here, but I do know that those are two common scenarios with accidents like this, based on the number of accidents I’ve handled in the past. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for a truck driver’s employer to back away from an accident like this, claiming that their driver leased the semi-truck and are therefore responsible for it.

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Responses (2)

  1. Myself, my wife, and a young couple were the only witnesses to this accident and we were also the “first responders” before the sheriff and paramedics showed up. There is not questions that the brakes failed…you could smell that all the way down the mountain….She did not attempt to make a turn onto the freeway, she blew by that turn….she ran out of road with no where to go…..Her brakes were smoking and one set was on fire…I would also guess she was inexperienced, but the brakes failed her when she need them most…..

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