Anthony Hutchinson Killed in Truck Accident on I-77 in Raleigh County, WV
Raleigh County, WV -- April 9, 2022, 48-year-old truck driver Anthony Hutchinson was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 77 in Raleigh County.
Authorities say the incident happened some time before 6:00 a.m. Saturday on I-77 South near mile marker 51. Preliminary investigation suggests Hutchinson was traveling on the highway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck ran off the left edge of the road and went over an embankment, crashing at the bottom.
Hutchinson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash is under investigation. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Anthony Hutchinson Accident on I-77 in Raleigh County
After wrecks like this some folks make up their minds pretty quickly. They're ready to blame the victim for making a mistake or doing something he shouldn't before losing control and crashing. As with any accident, though, it's important to investigate carefully and be sure the true cause is found rather than jumping to any conclusions.
For instance, the driver could have lost control when swerving to avoid debris in the road, or if the load in his truck's trailer got loose and destabilized it. The driver could also have had some kind of sudden medical episode that caused him to lose control, or the truck itself might have malfunctioned somehow. That's just a few of the many possible explanations that would mean the crash was out of the driver's hands.
Law enforcement may recognize that other factors exist beyond the most common explanations, but generally if there's low-hanging fruit they can blame (like speeding or inattention) they aren't likely to look much deeper. Because of that, critical details can slip through the cracks and the story that goes into reports is at best incomplete and at worst completely mistaken.
That's why after commercial crashes I generally recommend involving independent accident reconstructionists if there's any doubt about what happened. They have the time, tools, and training to extract every available clue from a wreck and to use them to piece together the truth of what happened. Sometimes it's the same conclusion police arrived at, but other times the story ends up entirely different. The important thing is to gather all the facts and evidence and base conclusions on those. At the very least the driver's loved ones deserve to know that no stone was left unturned to bring them the truth. If there's anyone specific that should be held accountable for this tragedy, knowing that would depend largely on what the discovered truth is.