Injuries Reported in Truck Accident on Hwy 61 South in Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg, MS — June 16, 2022, injuries were reported after a pickup truck and an 18-wheeler collided on U.S. Highway 61 South in Vicksburg.
Preliminary reports say the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. at Hwy 61S and Pemberton Square Boulevard. An eyewitness told investigators a commercial tractor-trailer ran a red light and crashed into a pickup truck in the intersection.
After the impact a fire started in the pickup's engine compartment. Citizens and responders were able to extinguish the fire and rescue one or more people from the truck. The injured parties were then taken to an area hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on Hwy 61S in Vicksburg
Reports suggest the truck driver ran a red light at the intersection and caused this crash. Some attorneys would probably say that makes this open-and-shut, the truck driver and/or their employer are on the hook, and that's that. However, long experience has shown me that commercial wrecks are seldom as straightforward as they may look on paper.
Fortunate folks who've never crashed with an 18-wheeler don't know know about the battles facing those who do. Countless people have been affected by truck driver negligence in some form or another, and almost all of them have found a stubborn trucking company loudly denying responsibility afterward.
I worked on a similar wreck not long ago where a car and a semi-truck collided in a light-controlled intersection, resulting in serious injuries for the car's driver. Both drivers swore up and down that they had the green light, and after finding no obvious evidence to say whose story was right police just threw up their hands and said "you two figure it out."
The trucking company sent its own investigators and started building a defense, so the victim asked us to look into things too. Soon after that we found a nearby business with a security camera pointed at the intersection. Its video showed the truck running the red light, and with that clear evidence in hand we got the trucking company to do the right thing.
There's not always such a convenient smoking gun for investigators to find, however, so it's important to look carefully and obtain every available source of data rather than leaning wholly on an eyewitness statement and police efforts. Depending on what all the evidence shows, the truck driver and their employer may have a duty to do right by the victim or victims in the Vicksburg crash.