• June 25, 2021

Three Injured after 18-Wheeler Crash with Cars, House on Wanda Drive in Nashville, TN

UPDATE (May 23, 2022): Recent reports indicate that truck driver Abdalla Arbo faces up to 45 charges related to the June crash on Wanda Drive.

According to reports, Arbo was taken into custody March 19 and charged with 32 counts of forgery and multiple carrier safety rules violations after investigators allegedly found falsified logbooks and unreported brake problems in his Freightliner truck. He also faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by reckless driving and five counts of reckless endangerment by a motor vehicle.

Nashville, TN -- June 24, 2021, three people were hospitalized after an 18-wheeler crashed with two vehicles and a home off Wanda Drive in Nashville.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:55 p.m. at the corner of Wanda and Elm Hill Pike. Preliminary investigation suggests a tractor-trailer was traveling on Wanda when a Honda Accord allegedly turned into its path. The truck driver swerved to avoid the Honda but hit it anyway, followed by a Ford F-150 and Ford Escape. It then ran off the road and through a local home's front yard before crashing into its garage.

A passenger in one of the involved cars suffered critical injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The truck driver and another car's driver were transported to area hospitals with undisclosed injuries. The other driver refused transport from the scene. No one was inside the house at the time of the wreck.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on 18-Wheeler Accident at Wanda and Elm Hill in Nashville

UPDATE (May 23, 2022): Wow. New reports suggest the truck driver involved in this wreck may be in a whole heap of trouble if even a handful of the serious charges against him stick. The volume of those charges is obviously troubling by itself, but on top of that the nature of some of them gives even greater pause.

For example, it seems investigators found a lot of falsified information on the driver's logs as well as neglected maintenance to a crucial part of the truck--the brakes. Few could argue that brakes are unimportant to a 40-ton vehicle plowing down a public road, so knowing that the truck's problems were unreported and thus untreated is a serious issue. Moreover, falsified logs and ignored upkeep may be issues that extend beyond just the driver and could reflect on negligent policies by his employer. If they aren't looking closely at their drivers' behavior or the condition of their rigs that could spell disaster, much as we see in the Nashville wreck.

I'm not pointing undue fingers here, but if that laundry list of charges is any indication it could be that the trucker and his employer have some answering to do to the people hurt in this wreck. Only time and further careful investigation could say for certain, but police may not dig much deeper now that criminal charges are on the books. They may feel their part is done, and while there may be some moral satisfaction in seeing a bad actor get consequences those will do little to help the people he hurt. Further investigation may fall to independent experts rather than waiting on law enforcement to find the needed evidence.

Three Injured after 18-Wheeler Crash with Cars, House on Wanda Drive in Nashville, TN

ORIGINAL: Some people may be tempted to jump to conclusions with just the bare-bones information currently available, ready to blame the commercial truck driver or whomever else they arbitrarily decide was at fault. Right now it's unreasonable even to guess how the accident occurred, let alone who or what is to blame. Just to gain a better comprehension of events investigators will have to look into many factors--driver issues like distraction and fatigue, certainly, but also problems or defects in the vehicles themselves, ambient conditions like weather and roadway disrepair, visibility and sightlines, other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have influenced or even caused the wreck.

There are still many unknowns in this accident, which is what I mean about not jumping to conclusions: I've seen far too many cases where people rushed to prematurely judge one party or the other after reading vague reports, only for facts to come to light that completely changed their minds. The same thing could happen here, though it's hard to say whether the eventual police report will really clarify things as much as one might hope. After a major accident I almost always suggest an independent investigation to make sure all the facts are found. Whatever they reveal, those involved deserve to know that every effort was made to uncover all the answers. Further steps, if any, would depend largely on investigators' findings.


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