2 Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on Highway 59 in Merced County, CA
Merced County, CA -- June 21, 2022, two people were killed due to an accident where a semi-truck crashed along Highway 59.
In their initial reports, California Highway Patrol officials said that the crash took place at around 4:30 a.m. along Highway 59 at Furtado Road.
Authorities said that multiple cars on southbound lanes of the highway were struck by a semi that "veered over and hit them." The details leading up to the crash are unclear at this time.
Due to the collision, two people sustained fatal injuries. At least one other person was injured. Police have yet to conclude their investigations.
Commentary on Fatal Truck Accident on Highway 59 in Merced County
A truck suddenly veering and hitting other vehicles is obviously concerning, and most of the time this sort of thing involves things like fatigue, speeding, or distracted driving. That said, folks shouldn't jump to conclusions. For all we know, something in the road punctured the truck's tire, or maybe the driver had a medical emergency. Even those less common factors, however, can be more challenging put under further scrutiny.
Not long ago, for example, there was a crash resulting from a truck driver's sudden medical emergency. It all seemed like an unavoidable accident that no one could have done anything about. As the family asked us to look into things more thoroughly, however, the crash ended up being a lot more predictable than the trucking company wanted us to think.
Looking into the truck driver's medical history, there was a clear, long list of issues. Those issues should have made it so the driver would be unfit to operate a commercial truck, as a driver who can't do their job safely shouldn't be driving. That company either never bothered to check or simply didn't care about the risks--it's hard to say which would be worse. Putting that driver on the road was like a ticking time bomb bound to get someone hurt--even the truck driver himself--and that's exactly what happened.
Now, I'm not trying to say that happened here, of course. It's just that folks tend to take for granted that authorities look into things, get the facts, and get victims and families the help they need. In reality, it usually takes more thorough independent investigations to get clear answers and to ensure folks have an opportunity to get the help they deserve. A multi-vehicle, fatal truck wreck isn't likely to be the exception to that.