• February 02, 2022

Three Killed, Two Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on Carver Rd in Modesto, CA

Modesto, CA -- February 1, 2022, three people were killed and two were injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Carver Road in Modesto.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:15 p.m. on Carver at West Briggsmore Avenue. The cause and circumstances of the accident aren't yet known, but reports indicate a passenger vehicle and a commercial 18-wheeler collided in or near the intersection.

Two people died at the scene. Three victims were transported to an area hospital where one died a short time later. The truck driver was reportedly uninjured.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on 18-Wheeler Accident on Carver Road in Modesto

Currently reports are only able to say that a collision occurred with devastating results. I'm not coming down on news sources for not having more to say since they're mostly at the mercy of what police tell them, but that does mean their reports are frustratingly vague at this point. I hope investigators are hard at work filling in more blanks and will release more information soon, but in the meantime I must discourage jumping to conclusions.

Police are still working to figure out what happened in Modesto and can't yet start on identifying who or what caused it. To ensure the truth is found they must still look into many potential factors: Common driver mistakes like distraction or running a light, certainly, but also problems with the vehicles themselves, road conditions and design, missing or confusing signage, issues with visibility, lighting and sightlines, inclement weather, other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have influenced or outright caused the wreck.

Three Killed, Two Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on Carver Rd in Modesto, CA

In the meantime making assumptions isn't a good idea. I've seen too many cases where people rushed to judgment after reading a vague news release, only for details to come to light that completely changed how things were understood. The same could happen here, though it's possible a "by the book" police investigation might not explain things as thoroughly as one would hope.

After a major accident--particularly one involving a commercial truck--I always suggest an independent investigation to ensure it receives the careful attention it needs. Whatever is discovered, the victims and their loved ones deserve to know that every effort was made to bring them all the available answers. Any further steps would depend largely on what those answers turn out to be.

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