Jaqueline Zuniga-Ramierez Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-30 in Clark County, AR
Clark County, AR -- January 29, 2022, 34-year-old Jaqueline Zuniga-Ramierez was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 30 in Clark County.
Authorities say the incident happened just before 9:25 a.m. on westbound I-30 at mile marker 67. Reports say the weather was clear and the road was dry at the time.
Preliminary investigation suggests an International tractor-trailer was headed west on the interstate when it stopped in the traffic lane for unknown reasons between Gurdon and Gum Springs. Zuniga-Ramierez, driving a GMC vehicle behind the big rig, crashed into the back of its trailer.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jaqueline Zuniga-Ramierez Accident on I-30 in Clark County
Some folks may be quick to assume this is all open-and-shut, since most crashes involving a stopped vehicle are the other driver's fault. The law is more nuanced than that, however, and it's important to consider the wide range of possible reasons a crash like this can happen.
For example, it's inherently dangerous to stop just about any vehicle, let alone a 40-ton commercial truck, in an active travel lane. If reports are right that the truck driver did so in Clark County, why? Was something wrong with the truck? Did the driver have a sudden medical emergency? Did another vehicle cut the truck off and force the driver to brake abruptly? How fast was the truck traveling before it stopped? What about the victim's vehicle? How far apart were the two? How much time passed between when the truck stopped and when the victim hit it? Did anything keep the victim from stopping or steering clear, like a mechanical failure in her vehicle?
To be clear, I'm not trying to point any fingers here. I can't say better than anyone else what occurred in this crash based solely on vague news reports. I simply think it's important folks keep an open mind until there have been more thorough investigations. That's especially true since someone lost her life in this wreck; if that could have been avoided then it's important to learn what kept that from happening.