• May 19, 2022

Frank Larson Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-6 in Hastings, NE

Hastings, NE -- May 18, 2022, 71-year-old Frank Larson was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 6 in Hastings.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of US-6 and Technical Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests Larson was driving a Buick Regal on Technical Blvd when he allegedly failed to yield at the intersection and crashed into the eastbound 18-wheeler on US-6.

Larson suffered fatal injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Frank Larson Accident on US-6 in Hastings

Images of the intersection show that traffic on Technical Boulevard has a stop sign and is meant to yield to vehicles on Highway 6. It's not clear why the victim might have failed to yield to the semi-truck in Hastings, but before anyone starts blaming a driver error it's important to consider other potential explanations.

For example: Could the Buick have had some kind of mechanical or brake problem? What about any health problems that might have incapacitated the driver? Could something have blocked his view of the big rig? Was signage covered or missing at the intersection? Were there any other vehicles around at the time? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Does that area have a history of similar crashes? Is the intersection designed poorly? Ignoring right-of-way for a moment, could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

Frank Larson Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-6 in Hastings, NE

I'm not trying to overcomplicate this matter or unfairly blame anyone. I just want to make sure all the details are known as they should be after any accident. Without considering all possibilities no one can be certain why things happened the way they did. Unusual elements contribute to accidents all the time but too often they slip through the cracks during a routine police investigation. We even saw a recent incident in West Texas where a person allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler, only for us to find out later that TxDOT road crews removed the signs during construction and didn't put them back. The victim didn't even know he had to stop there, but until that fact came to light police reports unfairly blamed him.

It's pretty unlikely the same thing happened in Hastings as stop signs rarely go missing like that. My point is just that many crashes aren't as simple as they might appear and crucial details are often overlooked or misunderstood. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt and his loved ones should know every effort was made to find the whole truth. Will police be thorough enough to get it, or should an independent investigation be started?

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