• May 31, 2022

One Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on NY-417 in Great Valley

Great Valley, NY — May 24, 2022, a 40-year-old Salamanca woman was killed in a collision with a semi-truck on State Route 417 in Cattaraugus County.

Preliminary reports say the incident happened around 9:15 a.m. at the intersection of Route 417 and Depot Street. It's unclear what caused the crash but reports say the victim was in a Jeep that collided with a semi-truck in the crossroads.

The woman in the Jeep was fatally injured in the collision. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on NY-417 in Great Valley

Right now nobody can say what happened here or what caused the wreck. Some may be tempted to blame one or more of the "old standbys" like driver distraction or failure to yield, and investigators may eventually conclude the same. However, nobody should take that for granted until other possible variables are considered too.

For instance, what if one vehicle or the other's brakes failed? Could someone have hit a bad patch of road and lost traction? Were both drivers awake, alert, and watching their surroundings? What are visibility and sightlines like in the area? Was signage confusing or missing at the intersection?

That's just a handful of the many remaining questions that need answers still. The point isn't to overcomplicate the crash or point fingers, but rather to find the whole truth of the matter and ensure the people affected have all the information they can get. If there's anything else to do like hold someone responsible, knowing that would largely depend on what is learned by a careful investigation.

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