• May 18, 2022

One Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler at US-45 and 18th Ave in Columbus, MS

Columbus, MS -- May 17, 2022, one person was seriously injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer at a Columbus intersection.

Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday morning at the crossing of U.S. Highway 45 and 18th Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was exiting a grocery store parking lot when his vehicle was hit by an oncoming 18-wheeler. Investigators believe the accident may be due to malfunctioning traffic lights at the intersection.

The victim suffered serious injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on 18-Wheeler Accident on US-45 in Columbus

Reports say this accident may be due to a traffic light on the fritz at the intersection. It's unclear how that was decided unless it was a known issue before the wreck happened, but obviously it's quite serious if traffic controls along a highway can't be relied on. Hopefully someone with the city jumps on that issue quickly before it can cause any more damage.

However, I've also learned it's important to take preliminary reports with a grain or two of salt as investigators continue to work out exactly what happened. A malfunctioning light may only be a theory, and if so there are likely others that deserve attention as well. How fast was the truck traveling? Were both drivers paying full and careful attention to their surroundings as they tried to pass through that intersection? Were other drivers able to successfully get through there without crashing into one another? Does the big rig have a dashcam? If so, what does the footage reveal--or did the trucking company refuse to provide it to investigators?

Those are just a few of the many data points that a careful investigation would cover to ensure the full story is learned. Unfortunately it's sometimes asking a bit too much of investigators to be that thorough, as they have many competing priorities and limited resources to commit to a non-fatal wreck. If police are content just to blame a bad light but the victim has reason to think there might be more to it than that, they may be better served by an independent investigation on their behalf. At the very least it would be good to know that every avenue was properly explored in an effort to bring them answers and the help they need.

One Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler at US-45 and 18th Ave in Columbus, MS


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