• May 27, 2022

Two Killed, Two Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-27 in Broward County, FL

Broward County, FL -- May 26, 2022, two people were killed and two others were injured when a car and an 18-wheeler collided on U.S. Highway 27 in Broward County.

Authorities say the incident happened Thursday afternoon along northbound US-27 near mile marker 35 and Interstate 75. The circumstances of the crash aren't known yet, but investigators say two passengers from the Toyota Corolla were confirmed dead. Two more of the car's occupants were taken to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The truck driver was reportedly unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on 18-Wheeler Accident on US-27 in Broward County

Pretty much all the news says so far is that people were hurt in a crash involving a big rig. I'm not saying police should have a complete picture so soon after the crash, and the news is at the mercy of what law enforcement is willing to tell them, but it makes for a frustratingly vague report so far.

Some people may not handle that frustration particularly well, and instead of waiting for more investigation they may just decide to jump to a few conclusions about what happened. I can understand the temptation to connect the dots for one's self when answers aren't available, but making those leaps would be irresponsible. For instance, some folks might be inclined to blame the truck because big rigs can be a powerful and dangerous force on the roads when mishandled, while others may instinctively defend the trucker and say "people should be more careful around 18-wheelers."

Two Killed, Two Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-27 in Broward County, FL

Rather than making any assumptions it's best to ensure that only objective facts tell the story. Investigators still have plenty of work to do figuring out what even happened, let alone who (if anyone) is to blame. They have to find out what both drivers were doing just before the wreck, whether they were both paying attention to the road, if their vehicles were in good working order, whether the highway was wet or otherwise hazardous, what visibility and lighting were like at the time, if there was any bad weather, and plenty of other details to make sure they have the story straight.

While they're working on that it's best not to make guesses from the sidelines. Waiting stinks, I get it, but the best way to help the people hurt in the wreck is to find the truth of it. If police won't devote the time or care to the accident that it needs and deserves, the victims may be better served by working with independent investigators. Those experts stand the best chance of learning all the facts on their behalf. Any further action to take would probably depend on what those facts turn out to be.

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