U-Haul Crashes with Tanker Truck, One Killed on Hwy 33 in Kern County, CA
Kern County, CA -- May 7, 2022, at least one person was killed when a U-Haul truck collided with a tanker trailer on Highway 33 in western Kern County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:15 at the intersection of Highways 33 and 46 in Blackwells Corner. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a U-Haul truck towing another vehicle crashed into the back of a semi-truck towing a tanker full of gasoline.
At least one person suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on Highway 33 in Kern County
It's not entirely clear what happened here, but I think most people would agree that vehicles don't just crash into one another for absolutely no reason. Did one driver or the other lose control? If the U-Haul rear-ended the tanker truck, did the big rig fail to yield or turn into its way? Was the U-Haul driver speeding, or maybe not paying attention? What about the semi-truck driver--was their attention fully on their surroundings, or might they have been messing with something in the truck's cab?
I'm not making any accusations here. Those are just a few questions of many that a diligent investigation has to address to be sure the whole truth is found. Right now it's anyone's guess how these two trucks collided, and while one hit the back of the other that's not the automatic indicator of fault some believe it to be. The best thing for everyone involved is to look carefully at all the crash's variables and seek out the true story. If there's any other action to take beyond finding the facts, that will depend largely on what those facts turn out to be.