• April 18, 2022

One Killed in Multi-Vehicle Accident in Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, CA

San Bernardino County, CA -- April 15, 2022, one person was killed in a four-vehicle accident involving a semi-truck in the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 2:00 p.m. on Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass, just north of Highway 138. Preliminary investigation suggests only that four vehicles--a commercial 18-wheeler, two passenger cars, and a motorcycle--collided in the roadway for unknown reasons. The disabled vehicles blocked all travel lanes, shoulder to shoulder.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene. At least two other people reportedly received minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Multi-Vehicle Accident on I-15 in San Bernardino County

Right now reports say only that several vehicles crashed on the highway and some folks were injured--one fatally--as a result. Obviously that's missing a lot of important details and context, so I hope no one is taking it upon themselves to fill in any of the blanks for themselves.

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, perhaps, but also any problems with the involved vehicles, 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.

One Killed in Multi-Vehicle Accident in Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, CA

As investigators work to connect those dots, I want to reiterate that making assumptions is 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 a commercial truck--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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