• May 20, 2022

One Killed, Several Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash on Route 24 in Summit, NJ

Summit, NJ -- May 19, 2022, one person died and several others were hurt in a multi-vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler on Route 24 in Summit.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 p.m. on Route 24 East near mile marker 9. The circumstances of the pileup aren't known yet, but reports say it involved five passenger vehicles and a tractor-trailer.

Three people were extricated from vehicles by fire crews. One person involved in the wreck was pronounced dead at the scene and another was airlifted to a Newark hospital. Other victims were taken by ambulance to local hospitals.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Multi-Vehicle Accident on Route 24 in Summit

There isn't a lot of information yet about what happened in this tragic 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 even caused the crash. Considering all the variables is an important part of any investigation.

One Killed, Several Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash on Route 24 in Summit, NJ

As investigators keep working to connect those dots, making premature assumptions isn't a good idea. I've seen too many folks rush to judgment after reading just a few sentences in the news, only to completely change their minds after more information came to light. The same could happen here, though a "by the book" police investigation may not fully explain things either.

After a major accident--particularly one involving a commercial truck--I generally 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 turns out to be.

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