Driver Injured in Dual Truck Accident on I-15 in Iron County, UT
Iron County, UT -- June 18, 2022, a driver sustained injuries due to an accident where two commercial trucks collided along I-15.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 6:00 p.m. on I-15 outside Summit.
According to officials, a semi-truck was traveling along the interstate when another semi reportedly cut off the first one while merging. As a result, the first semi crashed into the merging truck, sending the first semi off-road.
Due to the crash, the driver of the first semi sustained reportedly serious injuries. No other injuries were reported. Additional details about the crash are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Dual Truck Accident on I-15 in Iron County
A truck seemingly failing to notice approaching traffic is serious enough. Somehow missing another large commercial truck in broad daylight only makes things more alarming. How exactly does one make a mistake like that without just completely not paying attention to the road? Any half-way trained truck driver should be able to do something as simple as merge without incident. But as I've learned throughout my career, truckers out there no doubt understand that their compatriots on the road aren't always even half-way trained.
A problem I try to inform the public about frequently, and a problem professional truckers no doubt have experience with, is reckless and irresponsible companies whose drivers simply shouldn't be on the road. I had this case a while back, for example, where a reckless truck driver made a dumb mistake, leading to a serious crash. Something we dug into that police overlooked was that driver's history. That's where things became pretty shocking.
The driver essentially had no history to speak of. That company hired the first person through the door, completely rushed all of the vital safety training, and tossed the guy the keys despite him barely knowing how to work the gas and brake pedals. It was clear that putting him in charge of a large commercial vehicle--something that takes immense skill and care to operate safely--would eventually get someone hurt.
With a situation like that, it's not about just taking what seems like and open-and-shut story and rushing to the courthouse. Getting people the help they deserve should also mean ensuring the right people are held fully accountable. Maybe this was just some driver having a lapse in reason. Maybe this was some one-in-a-million situation that driver couldn't avoid. Or maybe this was a series of events that inevitably resulted in a serious accident. Whatever the case may be, truck drivers, just like any other typical driver, are best served having as much evidence telling their side of the story as possible. Are those steps being taken here?