• April 27, 2022

John Guthridge, Bryan Dekkers Injured in Terragator, Truck Accident in Sioux Center, IA

Sioux Center, IA -- April 25, 2022, John Guthridge and Bryan Dekkers were injured due to an accident where a Terragator and a tanker truck collided.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 8:35 a.m. along Elmwood Avenue at 390th Street.

In their reports, officials said that 43-year-old John Guthridge was in a Terragator farm vehicle traveling southbound on Elmwood. At 390th Street, authorities allege that the Terragator went through a stop sign and collided with an eastbound tanker truck driven by 51-year-old Bryan Dekkers.

As a result of the collision, both Guthridge and Dekkers were taken to a Sioux Center hospital with unspecified injuries. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on John Guthridge, Bryan Dekkers Terragator, Truck Accident in Sioux Center

These initial reports seem pretty straight-forward, but it's important to understand that thorough investigations are important regardless of how clear the facts seem. For one, I've had plenty of cases come across my desk where police said someone ran a stop sign only for more thorough investigations to reveal extenuating circumstances. But even if those claims are true, there could be vastly different reasons why a vehicle would go through a stop sign.

John Guthridge, Bryan Dekkers Terragator truck Accident Sioux Center, IA

Could it be something as simple as someone being on their phone or just being irresponsible? Absolutely, and pulling phone records should be high on the list of priorities for any experienced investigator. That said, I've had recent cases where someone on their phone was an employee responding to a supervisor that would unreasonably punish drivers for not responding fast enough. I've also had cases where drivers were fatigued due to being forced to work ridiculous hours. Other times, a crash like this can involve faulty brakes due to poor maintenance. I've even looked into an unusual situation where a construction crew actually removed stop signs at an intersection, but police failed to mention that in the initial reports.

At the end of the day, making sure the facts are clear is about more than just what seems obvious. What is the most likely explanation for a large commercial tractor going through a stop sign? Well, that the driver did something wrong. But is that the only explanation? Of course not. Getting people the help they need means ensuring they know the whole story. Ignoring something just because it seems unlikely leaves too much up to chance. That's why I have to wonder if the right steps are being taken here to get the victims and families involved the help they deserve.

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