• May 13, 2022

Drivers Injured when Dump Truck Hits ODOT Truck on I-77 in Green, OH

Green, OH -- May 12, 2022, two people were seriously injured when a dump truck crashed into an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) vehicle on I-77 in Green.

Reports say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. along I-77. Preliminary investigation suggests a dump truck was traveling down the roadway when the driver may have lost control somehow. The truck then left the road and hit the ODOT vehicle on the shoulder. The impact triggered a large fire that burned both vehicles as well as nearby grass and trees.

The dump truck driver and the ODOT vehicle's driver suffered potentially life-threatening injuries in the collision. They were rescued from their burning vehicles and transported to area hospitals.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on ODOT Truck Accident on I-77 in Green

Video footage shows the dump truck swerving out of a line of vehicles and plowing into the rear of the ODOT truck on the grassy shoulder. There's no obvious reason why that happened in the footage; the truck just leaves traffic and then slams into the other stopped vehicle.

Clearly it's key to the investigation to find out why that happened. Did something in the truck fail and make it go off-course? Is it possible the driver fell asleep or accidentally swerved while distracted? Could they have had a medical problem at the wheel? Was the road wet or otherwise hazardous in that area for some reason? Those are just a few possible issues to look at. It's important to learn (and prove) the specific cause of the crash, not only so everyone knows the truth but also to make sure the victims get any help they have coming to them. Frankly, part of me wonders whether police investigators have what they need to find all the facts.

Drivers Injured when Dump Truck Hits ODOT Truck on I-77 in Green, OH

That's not meant to pick on law enforcement--far from it. I only mean they often have different priorities pulling them many directions and auto accidents (particularly non-fatal ones) tend to drop lower on the list than they should. Moreover, proper forensic investigation of a wreck often requires more training or specialized equipment than police can offer.

That's why after most crashes--particularly ones involving commercial trucks--I often suggest that independent experts get involved. Sometimes they only find what police did, but many times their superior experience helps them locate important information that might otherwise have slipped through the cracks. It often takes as much evidence as possible to make sure the right parties are held accountable for a wreck like this and the injured victims get every bit of help they deserve.

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