• July 06, 2021

One Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on Highway 61 South near Blue Grass, IA

Blue Grass, IA -- July 2, 2021, one person was seriously injured when a pickup truck and a commercial 18-wheeler collided at an intersection near Blue Grass.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 10:00 a.m. at the crossing of 110th Avenue and Highway 61 South. The circumstances of the crash aren't clear, but preliminary reports indicate it involved a pickup truck pulling a trailer and a semi-truck towing a commercial trailer.

One person was reportedly airlifted from the scene and taken to an Iowa City hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on 18-Wheeler Accident on Hwy 61S near Blue Grass

While it's not clear what happened here, photos appear to show the pickup crashed into the side of the big rig's cement-mixer trailer. The accident appears to have happened at a light-controlled intersection, so could it be that one driver or the other ran a red light or failed to yield? Is it possible someone was fatigued, or maybe distracted, while approaching the intersection? Is it possible their sightlines were blocked, or their visibility otherwise impaired?

One Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on Highway 61 South near Blue Grass, IA

Something that's important to keep in mind in these situations is just how many moving parts there really are, and how little "one truck hit another" really tells anyone. Properly digging into the details means having experienced professionals look into the evidence as soon as possible. Maybe police have that under control, but if they're busy with other responsibilities or if their department lacks the proper equipment, their investigations simply may not be good enough. Are experienced professionals going to get the chance to look into this and make sure the victims and families are getting all the facts?

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