Mirzod Ayubov Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-80 in Greene Township, PA
UPDATE (June 15, 2022): Reports have identified the man killed in this crash as 55-year-old Mirzod Ayubov. Ayubov was reportedly a passenger in the truck thought to have triggered the chain-reaction wreck. The truck's unidentified driver was airlifted from the scene to a hospital.
Greene Township, PA — June 13, 2022, one person was killed and another was injured when five commercial vehicles crashed on Interstate 80 in Clinton County.
According to reports the incident happened around 7:10 p.m. along westbound I-80 near mile marker 186.8 in Greene Township.
Preliminary investigation suggests only that five commercial vehicles, believed to be four tractor-trailers and a charter bus with 55 passengers aboard, collided on the highway.
One person reportedly died and another was airlifted to a regional trauma center for treatment of serious injuries. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Mirzod Ayubov Accident on I-80 in Greene Township
UPDATE (June 15, 2022): It seems from newer reports that the victim was riding along in the truck that is believed to have started the chain-reaction crash. I hope investigators will take steps to confirm their theories about that, but it's also important to find out why the victim was in the truck at the time.
Some may not see how that's relevant, but someone riding along as a fellow employee of the driver's company would have different recourse than a friend or family member just along for the ride. Determining what can be done for the victim's loved ones in the aftermath of their terrible loss is an important step to help them recover the best they can.
Ultimately I'm only saying that it's good to have some more details but the work is far from done. Police may be satisfied they have it all worked out, but the grieving family of the victim may still have questions not only about what happened, but what comes next. It's important those questions be answered.
ORIGINAL: This sounds like quite a chaotic pileup, and the simple fact that multiple commercial vehicles were involved may make things significantly more challenging than a typical accident. If investigators don't bring the right training, experience, and equipment along with them, it's all too easy for important details to slip through the cracks.
Was this just a series of unfortunate and unforeseeable events? Did external factors cause one or more drivers to lose control of their vehicles? Or--more troublingly--could one or more of these professional drivers have made a series mistake that triggered a fatal collision? Answering those questions and many others like them could be a significant step toward getting the victims and their families the help they need. The sooner this is looked into by experienced professionals with the time and training to get to the bottom of it, the better.