• June 20, 2022

One Killed, Two Injured in Truck Accident on River Road in Johns Island, SC

Johns Island, SC -- June 17, 2022, one person was killed and two people were injured after an accident involving a dump truck on River Road.

Authorities with the Charleston Police Department said the incident happened at around 12:51 p.m. along River Road, southwest of Charleston.

Investigators said that a woman was in a Ford F-150 traveling along River Road near Murraywood Road. Somehow, that pickup and a dump truck in oncoming lanes collided head-on.

Due to the collision, the woman sustained fatal injuries. The two drivers involved were said to have minor injuries. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Dump Truck Accident on River Road in Johns Island

With a head-on collision like this, the scene can be incredibly chaotic, meaning it can take extensive experience and state-of-the-art equipment to make sure nothing important slips through the cracks. Unfortunately, police are not always able to offer those resources, and my concern when reading about accidents like this is that the victims and families aren't getting the answers they deserve.

Johns Island, SC Truck Accident Kills 1, Injures 2 on River Road

Not long ago, for example, a family came to me about a crash where, according to police, their loved one drifted over the center line and hit an 18-wheeler head-on. As independent investigators dug into things, however, evidence showed that the situation was far more complex.

What actually happened was the 18-wheeler drifted into oncoming lanes, so the victim swerved left to avoid it. The truck driver then realized their mistake, veered back into their original lane, and the drivers crashed head-on. Those facts didn't initially come to light because an inexperienced officer was left in charge of the complex crash scene, and he didn't have the training or tools to really do a proper investigation.

Maybe this crash is in more capable hands, but it certainly wouldn't be the first time authorities missed something important. That's why it's so important to ensure the right people are looking into deadly wrecks like this so victims and families can get the help and the answers they deserve. Are those steps being taken here?

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