Two Injured when Garbage Truck Hits Disabled Big Rig on I-10 in Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, FL — June 17, 2022, two people were hospitalized when a garbage truck and a disabled semi-truck collided on Interstate 10 in Jacksonville.
According to reports the incident happened Friday along I-10 near Chaffee Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a semi-truck was disabled and stopped on the right shoulder of the interstate. Shortly afterward a garbage truck approached on the highway, then veered onto the shoulder for unknown reasons and hit the big rig.
The garbage truck driver suffered critical injuries in the crash; both drivers were transported to area hospitals.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-10 in Jacksonville
It seems there's still a lot of work to do before anyone really understands what happened here. It's one thing to say one truck hit another, but why? Did the garbage truck driver lose control as suggested? Did the truck have some kind of mechanical problem or defect? Did it blow a tire? Was there something hazardous in the road? What about the driver--were they awake and alert? Were they watching the road or were they momentarily distracted?
Figuring out why the garbage truck driver lost control is obviously key to understanding what happened, but there's also the matter of why the 18-wheeler was on the roadside in the first place. Some people may think that's irrelevant, but federal law has specific requirements for truck drivers that stop on the shoulder. If they fail to comply with those, the law may consider them partly responsible for the damage done if they're hit. So what put the truck on the shoulder at the time, and what did the driver do once there?
None of these concerns are meant to complicate things or blame anyone. I read the same reports as everyone else and I'm not pointing fingers after reading just a few vague sentences in the news. I'm only saying what I always do: When someone's hurt or killed in a crash it's vital to learn how and why that happened. Gathering clear facts ensures everyone's on the same page and shows whether anyone specific should be held responsible for the damage done. Will police be careful and thorough enough to get all the needed information?