Injuries Reported in 18-Wheeler Head-On Crash on US-30 in Sidney, NE
Sidney, NE -- September 13, 2021, injuries were reported after a head-on collision between a tractor-trailer and another vehicle on U.S. Highway 30 in Sidney.
Authorities say the incident happened Monday afternoon on US-30 near the "Point of Rocks." The circumstances of the crash aren't yet known but police say a commercial 18-wheeler collided head-on with another vehicle in the area.
According to investigators no fatalities were involved but the nature and severity of any injuries was not reported.
No further information is currently available as the investigation continues.
Commentary on 18-Wheeler Accident on US-30 in Sidney
While I don't want to speculate about the cause or nature of this crash, when two vehicles collide head-on it stands to reason that one or the other crossed over the center line for some reason. That leaves at least two urgent questions to answer: Who crossed over, and why?
The only way to answer those is through careful investigation, as both sides in this matter may be concerned about its outcome if evidence isn't gathered and properly analyzed. In the interest of determining the whole truth of the matter and eliminating any bias either direction, investigators should look for every source of data they can find and consider all the possible explanations for what occurred. What does the electronic data from each vehicle say about their speeds and braking? Do debris analysis and tire markings give a more accurate picture of what occurred? Could someone have suffered a medical emergency at the wheel? What condition were the vehicles in, and could a lack of maintenance or a defective part on either one have contributed to the crash? Might some other extenuating circumstance like distraction from a phone, radio, or food have played a part?
Those are just a few of the many questions that must be asked after a serious commercial truck wreck. Looking into the basics like speeding and cell phone usage, as commonly as those are found to be involved, barely scratches the surface. If investigators lack the right training and/or tools it's possible that important information could slip through the cracks and an incomplete or incorrect narrative might end up on reports, which could be harmful to both drivers. That simply won't do. Everyone affected by the wreck deserves to know proper attention was paid in order to get the full story. Do the authorities have what it takes to make that happen, or would the involvement of independent investigators better ensure the truth is found?