Sharice Scott, Jeanice Ross, Children Injured in Truck Accident on I-29 in Buchanan County, MO
Buchanan County, MO -- January 28, 2022, 26-year-old Sharice Scott and four people in her vehicle were injured when a semi-truck hit their car on Interstate 29 in Buchanan County.
Authorities say the incident happened Friday afternoon along southbound I-29, roughly two miles outside Faucett. Preliminary investigation suggests 32-year-old Johnathan Nichols was driving a commercial semi-truck south on the roadway when he unsuccessfully tried to avoid Scott's slower-moving vehicle. The truck hit the rear of the car and sent it off the east side of the road where it struck a guardrail. Nichols drove off the west side of the road and over-corrected, causing the rig to overturn. It came to rest blocking both southbound lanes of the roadway.
Sharice Scott, her passenger Jeanice Ross, and three children in the car received minor injuries and were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Nichols was unhurt. Reports indicate everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Sharice Scott Accident on I-29 near Faucett
While I'm sure this accident was scary to be involved in, it's at least a silver lining that the reported injuries weren't serious. However, in situations like that I can't help but feel some concern when early reports--ones that don't necessarily have all the facts--downplay victims' damages.
I don't mean to say things are certain to get worse or that reports are mistaken. I just know from long experience working on truck crashes that sometimes injuries take a little while to show their true nature. I worked on a wreck not long ago where a man was diagnosed with a sore back after an 18-wheeler rear-ended his vehicle. Doctors told him he was lucky to get off so light, then prescribed a week or so of ibuprofen and bed rest.
Our client tried to relax at home but his pain increased quickly and dramatically until it almost paralyzed him. He returned to the ER and learned the collision actually ruptured a disk in his spine. That "sore back" required painful surgery and months of physical therapy, all while the responsible trucking company and their insurer claimed they weren't responsible for anything beyond the original diagnosis.
Obviously I hope the situation in Buchanan County doesn't go that way and there's no specific reason to think it will. I only mean that wrecks like this one should always be taken seriously even if their aftermath doesn't immediately seem dire. I have seen too many cases where victims are told they're "fine" only for their injuries to flare up later--sometimes when it's too late to take the necessary action.