• February 08, 2019

Several Injured in Three-Vehicle Accident in Carroll Township, PA

Carroll Township, PA -- On February 3, 2019, a multi-vehicle crash involving a semi truck, a minivan, and an SUV caused injury to several people.

Authorities say the wreck happened around 11:30 a.m. on northbound Route 15 and Old Mill Road, near Baltimore Street. The circumstances of the wreck are not yet clear, but three vehicles were reportedly involved and an unspecified number of people were taken to a local hospital.

Carroll Township police are investigating the accident. No further information is available at this time.

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Commentary

When I read about crashes like this, I immediately wonder whether an independent professional investigator is looking into the crash. Some may question the need for outside help of that nature but quite frankly, a multi-vehicle pileup is sometimes beyond the scope of law enforcement's ability to investigate.

I don't say that to undermine the important work that police do. I'm just trying to say that many police departments are stretched thin and don't always have the resources, training, or time to thoroughly investigate incidents like this, which require an investigator's undivided attention.

Even if officers can afford to pay careful attention to the scene, they may not have the advanced equipment needed to dig deeper. The more complex or layered the crash is, the more likely that subtle-but-crucial details will slip through the cracks.

That's why after crashes like this one, I always advise working with a private accident reconstruction expert to look into the crash. Independent investigators are trained and equipped to get every shred of evidence from the scene, from creating laser-maps of the crash to running advanced 3-D simulations and collecting Engine Control Module data from the vehicles involved.

Some people may call all that work overkill. That's actually the problem--most crashes really aren't that simple. A more thorough investigation may reveal a plain explanation and a clear cause, but only after checking out less likely factors can anyone say that for sure. Until that time, it's best people reserve their judgments.

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