One Injured in Three-Vehicle Accident on I-10 near Tonopah, AZ
Tonopah, AZ -- May 17, 2022, one person was hospitalized after a crash involving two semi-trucks and an SUV on Interstate 10 near Tonopah.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:00 p.m. on eastbound I-10 near Wintersburg Road. The cause and circumstances of the wreck aren't clear, but reports say one of the involved semi-trucks overturned and its cab detached from the trailer. The cab slid into the westbound travel lanes and blocked traffic.
The driver of the detached semi-truck was airlifted from the scene to an area hospital. The condition of the other two drivers is unknown.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Three-Vehicle Accident on I-10 near Tonopah
There isn't a lot of information yet about what happened in this crash or how it started. Since there's so much detail and context missing from reports, I hope no one tries to fill in the blanks for themselves as the investigation continues.
To learn more about the wreck police still need to look into many of its possible factors: Possible driver mistakes like distraction or speeding, certainly, but also problems with the vehicles themselves, road conditions and design, visibility, lighting and sightlines, inclement weather, other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have influenced or outright caused the wreck. Considering all the variables is an important part of any investigation.
As investigators keep working to connect the dots, I want to repeat that making premature assumptions isn't a good idea. I've seen too many people rush to judgment after reading an early news release with few details only to change their minds completely after more information came to light. The same could happen here, though a "by the book" police investigation may not sufficiently explain things either.
After a major accident--particularly one involving a commercial truck, let alone two--I always suggest an independent investigation to better ensure the whole truth is found. Whatever is learned, those affected deserve to know that every effort was made to bring them all the available answers. Any other actions beyond simply learning the truth would depend on what that truth turns out to be.