John Creighton Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on Route 66 in Jenks Township, PA
Jenks Township, PA -- May 11, 2022, 26-year-old John Creighton was killed in a collision with an 18-wheeler on Route 66 in Jenks Township.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:30 p.m. on Route 66. Reports have few specifics about the crash but say Creighton was driving a car that somehow became involved in a head-on crash with a tractor-trailer.
Creighton was airlifted from the scene to an area hospital where he died a short time later. A passenger in his car was injured but the extent is unclear. The truck driver was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on John Creighton Accident on Route 66 in Jenks Township
It's not unusual for there to be few details this soon after a fatal wreck. I am however concerned about whether the officials looking into this have the experience and tools to get real answers for the people affected.
Not that long ago, I had a case involving a deadly head-on truck wreck. The victim's family said police faulted their loved one for the crash, saying he veered over the center line and hit an 18-wheeler. They had no specific reason to doubt that, but they wanted to be sure they had the full story. We had independent experts look again on their behalf, and it turned out police got things completely backward.
The evidence we found showed that the 18-wheeler actually crossed the center line first. Police misinterpreted the events because the victim swerved into oncoming lanes to avoid the 18-wheeler, but the truck mirrored that move back into its original lane. There was no time to move again and the vehicles crashed in the 18-wheeler's lane. The investigating officer didn't have the training or equipment to handle something that complex, so they figured that the vehicle not in its original lane must be the one that caused the crash.
To be clear, I'm not saying anything of the sort happened in Jenks or that authorities won't get the story right there. My point is that unusual things cause crashes all the time but get overlooked in a "by the book" investigation. Without considering all the possibilities, the wrong conclusions sometimes get recorded as truth. If nothing else, making sure there's a thorough independent investigation can help to ensure a victim's family at least gets the full story. That may be a crucial step here as well.