• April 04, 2022

One Injured in Head-On Crash on State Route 177 in Rodman, NY

Rodman, NY -- April 1, 2022, one person was injured in a head-on collision between a car and a tractor-trailer on State Route 177 in Rodman.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:15 p.m. on Route 177. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the car was headed east and the truck was traveling west when the two somehow collided head-on in the roadway. Images at the scene show the car sustained heavy front-end damage.

One person was transported from the scene to a Syracuse hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Head-On Crash on NY-177 in Rodman

I don't want to speculate too much here, but when two vehicles traveling opposite directions collide head-on it seems like one or the other may have crossed over the center line. If that's what happened here that creates at least two urgent questions: Who crossed over and why?

Some may think the answer to the the first question is obvious just by looking at which lane the vehicles are in, but it's not necessarily that easy. Not long ago I worked on a crash where the victim had to swerve into the oncoming lane to escape a big rig that had crossed over first. The truck driver then corrected course back into his lane, putting the truck back on a collision course with the victim's car. Police thought the victim must have gone left of center first because both vehicles were in the truck's lane when they arrived, so we had to look again for ourselves to learn the truth of the matter.

To be sure the real story is known, investigators should look for every source of data they can find and consider all the possible explanations for the crash. What does the electronic data from each vehicle say about their speeds and braking? Do debris analysis and tire markings give a more accurate picture of what occurred? Could someone have suffered a medical emergency at the wheel? What condition were the vehicles in, and could a damaged or defective part on either have contributed to the crash? What was visibility like in the area? What about road conditions? Weather? Could someone have been distracted? If so, what had their attention?

One Injured in Head-On Crash on State Route 177 in Rodman, NY

Those are just a few of the many questions that must be asked after such a serious accident, but it's uncertain whether all the necessary answers will actually be found. If investigators lack the right training or tools it's possible that important details could slip through the cracks and an incomplete or incorrect narrative might end up on reports, which could be harmful to both drivers. That simply won't do. Everyone affected by this wreck deserves to know proper attention was paid in order to get the full story. Do the authorities have what it takes to make that happen, or would independent investigations better ensure the truth is found?

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