• May 19, 2022

Edwin Keeland Sr. Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-840 in Williamson County, TN

Williamson County, TN -- May 18, 2022, 61-year-old truck driver Edwin Keeland Sr. was killed after his big rig crashed on Interstate 840 in Williamson County.

Reports say the incident happened around 9:10 a.m. along I-840 near Lewisburg Pike. Preliminary investigation suggests Keeland was driving a tractor-trailer east on the interstate close to mile marker 30 when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck ran off the road to the left, then passed through the median and the westbound lanes before it hit an embankment and overturned.

Keeland suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Edwin Keeland Accident on I-70 in Baltimore

Right now reports seem to have only a loose grip on exactly what happened here. It's one thing to know that a truck went off-course and crashed, but it's another entirely to get to the bottom of why. If the driver lost control, why? Was he distracted by something--a phone, radio, or cooler for example? Did he fall asleep? Could he have had some kind of incapacitating medical issue at the wheel? If so, what kind? What about the truck itself? Were all its parts in good working order--its engine, alignment, tires, and other crucial components? What were weather and road conditions like in the area at the time?

Edwin Keeland Sr. Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-840 in Williamson County, TN

I don't ask questions like that to get lost in the weeds or point any fingers. It's just important to recognize all the possible variables and investigate them carefully--mostly to be sure all the crash's details are known, but also because every available fact would probably be needed to ensure the victim's family gets the help they deserve.

Some may not think matters of liability factor in here because "workers' comp will handle it." It's possible that would be the sole form of remedy available, but it's important to be sure. For instance, if the truck overturned and crashed because something in or on it broke due to neglected maintenance, someone should be held accountable for sending drivers out in dicey vehicles.

Victims and families that seek justice have sometimes learned the hard way that no matter how clear things seem at first, it usually takes more than police or news reports to secure the help they need. That's why I often suggest the help of independent investigators with the time, tools, and training to look much closer than law enforcement typically does.

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