• May 04, 2021

One Killed in Three-Vehicle Collision on US-91 in Richmond, UT

Richmond, UT -- May 3, 2021, a 22-year-old man was killed in a three-vehicle collision involving a box truck on U.S. Highway 91 in Richmond.

Authorities say the incident happened before 7:50 a.m. at US-91 and 9000 North, south of the Lower Foods meat wholesaler. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a passenger vehicle east on 9000 North and attempted to turn left at the intersection with the highway. The vehicle pulled into the path of a northbound box truck and the two collided, pushing the victim's car into the path of a southbound SUV that sideswiped it.

The victim, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The box truck and SUV drivers received only minor injuries.

Police are still investigating whether or not the victim stopped at the sign between 9000 North and US-71. No evidence of impairment has been found.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Fatal Box Truck Crash on US-91 in Richmond

Looking at the intersection in question it appears that traffic on 9000 North has a stop sign while those on US-71 do not. Preliminary reports suggest the victim may not have yielded to cross-traffic that didn't have to stop.

Some may feel that sufficiently explains how this tragic event happened, but experience has taught me that most accidents aren't necessarily as simple as they may appear at first. It's always best to look deeper to make sure police didn't overlook vital details.

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Recently there was another accident out in West Texas where a pickup reportedly ran a stop sign and was t-boned by a big rig, killing the pickup driver. That was the story released after a brief police investigation, and for weeks it was considered the true story of the matter. I happened to discuss the crash with an accident reconstruction expert working out that way, though, and he told me the police left out one unusual--but critical--detail.

It turns out the state Department of Transportation removed the intersection's stop signs during road work and didn't replace them at day's end. In other words, the victim didn't run a stop sign because there simply wasn't one there when he passed through. Despite the enormous difference that detail makes, police completely overlooked it. Their reports led the public to think the driver was just careless when in fact he was a victim of circumstances beyond his control.

I'm not saying the crash in Richmond happened because of a missing stop sign. That's an extremely unusual factor in any accident, and closer analysis might just confirm a simple explanation involving a failure to yield. My point is more that early reports aren't as authoritative as some may think. Often there are important details police haven't released or may not even have noticed. That's why having experienced accident reconstructionists look into the wreck is always prudent, and I doubt this crash would be an exception.

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