• April 14, 2022

James Owen, Hannah Spears Injured in Semi-Truck Accident near Thayer, MO

Thayer, MO -- April 12, 2022, James Owen and Hannah Spears were injured due to an accident where a semi-truck and a pickup collided.

Investigators reported that the crash took place just before 8:30 a.m. along Highway 19 just north of Thayer.

According to officials, 64-year-old James Owen was in a Ford F-150 traveling along the highway. Ahead, a semi-truck reportedly attempted to make a left turn. As it did so, authorities say Owen attempted to pass the semi, and the two vehicles collided as the truck turned.

Owen reportedly had moderate injuries due to the crash while the semi driver, identified as 38-year-old Hannah Spears, had reportedly minor injuries. Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on James Owen, Hannah Spears Semi-Truck Accident in Thayer

It's important that folks understand the standard to which reports need to be held when it comes to drawing concrete conclusions. Some folks may think they know what happened here based on these reports. Maybe they do, but it's highly unlikely they have the evidence to back it up.

James Owen, Hannah Spears Semi-Truck Accident Thayer, MO

These reports don't even specify if the vehicles were traveling the same direction. They don't say if the truck had working blinkers or brake lights. They don't mention the conditions of the road, the speeds of the vehicles, possible cell phone usage, weather, if investigators looked for tire or mechanical defects, fatigue, alcohol, or medical conditions, etc. Even if a lot of these things will just be ruled out, ruling them out is a crucial step in any serious truck wreck investigation.

Maybe the authorities know more than what's in these reports, but I know from experience that no one can truly say they know what happened here solely based on these preliminary reports. Getting folks the help they deserve requires a lot more effort than that, and I can only hope steps are being taken to ensure the crash is being handled by experienced professionals who understand this.


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