• May 15, 2019

One Killed in Fiery Dump Truck Accident on SE Army Post Road in Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, IA -- On May 13, 2019, one person was killed in a collision between a passenger car and a dump truck on Army Post Road in southeast Des Moines.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. in the 3400 block of Southeast Army Post Road. Preliminary investigation suggests that the passenger car was headed east on the roadway when his vehicle went left of center, entering oncoming traffic and crashing head-on into the dump truck. Witnesses reported the car was moving erratically just before the wreck. The collision caused a diesel fuel tank on the dump truck to catch fire.

The adult male passenger of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The dump truck driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Authorities continue to investigate the incident.

Commentary

When I read about crashes like this, I often wonder whether an independent investigator will look into it. Some may question the need for outside help of that nature, but getting to the bottom of commercial vehicle crashes is sometimes beyond law enforcement's ability to investigate.

That's why after crashes like this I advise working with a private accident reconstruction expert. These professionals are trained and equipped to get every bit 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 this preparation overkill. After all, what can they learn that police won't find? That's actually the point--most crashes aren't as simple as they may seem to a less-practiced eye. A 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.

--Grossman Law Offices

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