• April 12, 2022

Two Killed in Truck Accident on US-93 near Wickenburg, AZ

Wickenburg, AZ -- April 11, 2022, two people were killed in a multi-truck collision along U.S. Highway 93 near Wickenburg.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:30 a.m. on northbound US-93 near mile marker 177, north of town. The cause and circumstances of the wreck aren't yet known, but reports say it involved a pickup truck and two commercial vehicles. Images of the scene show a car-hauler big rig crashed and burned on the side of the road.

Investigators confirmed two people in the pickup were killed in the accident. It's unknown if anyone else was injured.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on US-93 near Wickenburg

Right now reports say only that three trucks crashed on the highway and two fatalities tragically followed. Considering the absence of many important details, I hope no one is taking it upon themselves to fill in any of the narrative's blanks with guesses.

It's rarely prudent to decide for one's self how a crash occurred, to say nothing of who or what's to blame. Investigators must still look into many factors: Driver-related issues like distraction or speeding, certainly, but also problems with the vehicles themselves, road conditions and design, visibility, lighting and sightlines, inclement weather, other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have influenced or even caused the pileup. Properly evaluating all the accident's variables is essential to learning the truth of the matter.

Two Killed in Truck Accident on US-93 near Wickenburg, AZ

In the meantime I want to reiterate that making assumptions is both unwise and unjust. I've seen too many cases where people rushed to premature judgment after reading a vague news release, only for details to come to light that completely changed the context of the wreck. The same thing could happen here, though it's possible a standard police investigation might not explain things as thoroughly as one would hope.

After a major accident--particularly one involving commercial trucks--I always suggest an independent investigation to make sure the whole truth is found. Whatever is discovered, those affected 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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