• May 17, 2022

Trucker, Ambulance Crew Injured in Crash on I-84 in Brewster, NY

Brewster, NY -- May 14, 2022, a truck driver and an ambulance crew were injured when their vehicles collided on Interstate 84 in Brewster.

Authorities say the incident happened Saturday along I-84. Preliminary investigation suggests the ambulance was on its way to an accident scene when it was hit under unknown circumstances by a tractor-trailer. The impact then sent both vehicles into the median guardrail; the big rig came to rest partially overturned on top of the ambulance. It also lost part of its load of milk and around 250 gallons of diesel fuel onto to the roadway.

The truck driver and the ambulance crew were all taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries described as minor.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-84 in Brewster

It's not uncommon for there to be few details about an accident so soon after it happens. Hopefully investigators are working hard to fill in many of the lingering blanks.

In the meantime it's at least some silver lining that the injuries involved in the wreck don't appear too serious. I certainly hope that means everyone will be back on their feet in no time, but I also feel a little hesitation in writing injuries off right after a wreck like this.

Trucker, Ambulance Crew Injured in Crash on I-84 in Brewster, NY

Unless everyone was traveling at a snail's pace at the time of impact then just about every 18-wheeler accident should be taken seriously, no matter how preliminary reports describe the damage. I once worked on a case where a big rig rear-ended our client and he thought he only got a sore back out of it, only to find out within a couple of weeks that a disk actually ruptured in his spine. The injury's true nature took a short while to show, but he thought at first it was negligible. He ended up needing major surgery and lengthy rehab for it, though, all while the at-fault trucking company and insurers argued against giving him the help he needed. When all was said and done very little about his experience was "minor."

I'm not saying the New York wreck will end up the same way. I wouldn't wish that experience on anyone, client or not, and there's no particular reason to think anything like it will happen. I only mean to say that in case things aren't quite what they seem it's important to take a truck accident seriously from the start. That means investigating it carefully and finding clear evidence of what really occurred, all to be sure that the right parties are held accountable if needed. "Better safe than sorry," as they say, and these crashes are no exception.

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