Worker Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on Highway 87 in Duchesne, UT
Duchesne, UT -- October 6, 2021, a worker was killed as the result of an accident where a semi-truck hit them along Highway 87.
Authorities reported that the accident took place at around 3:00 a.m. in the area of Highway 87 and 6000 South.
According to officials, a worker was on the roadway directing traffic as a semi-trailer attempted to back up along the roadway. While doing so, a passing semi-truck hit the man in the roadway, who police say was not wearing reflective gear.
Due to the collision, the man sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. Officials continue to investigate the accident.
Commentary on Semi-Truck Accident on Highway 87 in Duchesne
To be a bit frank here, experience tells me these reports are missing something. They say that the victim had no reflective clothing, which I have no specific reason to doubt. That would certainly be a mistake. But would a company with the foresight to have a co-worker assist a driver with a dangerous maneuver leave a worker without any equipment to do so? Even if the victim had no HiVis clothing on, did they have other tools? A strobe light? A reflective flag? A flashlight? One thing to consider going forward is if other vehicles had no issue seeing and avoiding the worker. If others had no issues seeing and avoiding the victim, why didn't this truck driver do the same? And are the authorities asking these questions to make sure the victim's loved ones get the answers they deserve?