Thomas Keele Killed in Truck Accident on Vermont Hill Rd in Holland, NY
Holland, NY — May 31, 2022, 62-year-old Thomas Keele was killed in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Vermont Hill Road in Erie County.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. on Vermont Hill Road at Vermont Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a tractor-trailer was on Vermont Hill when the driver failed to stop for a sign at the Vermont Street intersection. When the big rig passed into the crossroads it crashed with a Chevrolet Silverado.
Kelle, the Chevy's driver, suffered fatal injuries in the wreck. The truck driver received minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Thomas Keele Accident on Vermont Hill Rd in Holland
A lot of folks take crash reports like this as open-and-shut. Police say the truck driver ran a stop sign, so what else is there to know? Well, for one thing it's important to learn why they did that since the answer could change things significantly for the victim's family. It's one thing for a commercial driver to just make a serious mistake in the moment, but depending on the circumstances the company behind them may also have some answering to do for the tragic outcome of the wreck.
Here's an example: In another crash we handled recently, our investigations found that a reckless trucker who caused a collision at an intersection made a mistake while trying to meet an unreasonable deadline set by his employer. The company constantly set ridiculous delivery timetables, leaving employees to make a difficult choice: cut corners and ignore safety in the name of faster turnaround, or potentially get fired or lose routes for not playing ball. Faced with the prospect of not providing for their families, the drivers complied and it was only a matter of time before people got hurt.
The situation in Holland may not involve an unethical company behind the at-fault driver, but I will say the other case I mentioned isn't the only time we've run into one. That's why digging further into these situations can change things so dramatically. The consequences for a single person making a costly mistake likely wouldn't be enough to make the company behind them change its ways. Without more serious repercussions, that company might continue putting lives at risk until someone makes it clean up its act.
As I said there's no real indication anything of the sort is involved in this crash, but the possibility is more than enough reason to investigate as thoroughly as possible and get the victim's loved ones some real answers.