• May 31, 2022

Kymbirlee Mogelberg, Child Killed, Judy Sexton, James Barnard, Ruben Guerra-Quezade Injured Truck Accident in Muldrow, OK

UPDATE (June 13, 2022): Reports identified victims involved in the accident. Killed in the crash were 46-year-old Kymbirlee Mogelberg and a 9-year-old boy. They were in a vehicle with 65-year-old Judy Sexton, who reportedly had critical injuries. Also injured in the crash were James Barnard and the box truck driver, Ruben Guerra-Quezade, both with reportedly non-life-threatening injuries. At this time, the exact cause of the crash remains unclear.

Muldrow, OK -- May 29, 2022, two people were killed and two were injured due to an accident where a truck crashed with traffic on I-40.

According to reports, the crash took place at around 3:30 p.m. near mile marker 321 of I-40. Officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said that a box truck was going eastbound when it somehow went across the median and collided with oncoming traffic.

Due to the collision, two people succumbed to fatal injuries. At least two others had to be airlifted from the scene for their injuries. Right now, the cause of the crash remains unclear.

Commentary on Kymbirlee Mogelberg, Judy Sexton, James Barnard, Ruben Guerra-Quezade Truck Accident in Muldrow

With a truck barreling across the median suddenly, it may be easy to assume the driver was on their phone, fatigued, or otherwise being reckless. That's an all too common situation, and if that led to people losing their lives, that's something that must be addressed. But things are rarely ever that simple, and victims and families need to ensure the right professionals are looking into things so nothing important slips through the cracks.

For example, I handled a situation a while back in which a truck driver lost control and caused a serious accident. When authorities looked into it, they found the driver had a sudden medical emergency. There's usually not much anyone can do to avoid something so sudden, but we made sure to be thorough in our investigations. As it turned out, the situation was rather foreseeable.

The driver's medical history was a long list of red flags, and it should have been obvious to their employer that putting them behind the wheel of a commercial truck was an accident waiting to happen. That means the company either didn't bother looking into their driver's ability to do their job safely, or they ignored the risks entirely. It's difficult to say which would be worse.

To be clear, I'm not trying to suggest that happened here. I simply with to illustrate that truck accidents aren't always within the scope of a typical police report. Victims and families in need of answers are almost always better off ensuring independent professionals look into things so they can get clear answers. Are those steps being taken here?

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