Spencer Atiga Killed, 4 Injured in Multi-Truck Accident on I-44 in Lincoln County, OK
Lincoln County, OK -- January 26, 2022, Spencer Atiga was killed and four people were injured due to an accident involving multiple commercial trucks.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 10:30 p.m. along I-44 in the area of mile marker 182.
In their reports, officials said that the crash involved at least four semi trucks. One was driven by 21-year-old Spencer Atiga, who reportedly succumbed to fatal injuries. A passenger in Atiga's vehicle was sent to an area hospital.
A passenger in a Hyundai Santa Fe had reportedly critical injuries while the Hyundai driver and a Freightliner driver had less serious injuries. Right now, the cause of the crash remains unclear.
Commentary on Spencer Atiga Multi-Truck Accident on I-44 in Lincoln County
Clearly, the details surrounding this tragic event are chaotic, and it's going to take quite a bit to make sure investigators look into things properly. Folks tend to assume police have all that under control, and maybe they do. I certainly wouldn't want to jump to conclusions. However, I've learned over 30 years that commercial trucks wrecks can involve details that require more thorough investigations than police are capable of.
A crash involving multiple trucks is only going to create more significant barriers. That's how you get situations like one I handled recently where an understaffed department put an inexperienced officer in charge of a deadly truck wreck. The officer ended up letting a trucking company representative take vital evidence from the scene, assuming they would later share their findings. It took some unique legal maneuvers to salvage that case and get the family the help they needed.
Again, maybe the department in charge of this has the resources and experienced personnel to make sure everyone gets the answers they deserve. But I would never call it too prudent to take steps early to have experienced independent investigators look into what all happened here.