Woman Injured in Crash with 2 18-Wheelers on I-65 in Boone County, IN
Boone County, IN — June 22, 2022, a woman was critically injured in a collision with two semi-trucks on Interstate 65 in Boone County.
According to reports the incident happened Wednesday morning on southbound I-65 near the I-865 interchange outside Whitestown.
Preliminary investigation suggests the victim's car was driving in the right lane at alleged high speeds when it crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer. The car rebounded and hit another nearby truck, then veered back into the first truck and went underneath its trailer.
Responding police found the car wedged beneath the trailer with the second truck parked a short distance away. The woman suffered critical injuries in the wreck. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-65 in Boone County
After reading the details in preliminary reports some folks may be ready to say the victim's injuries, while unfortunate, are largely of her own making. If she was speeding and rear-ended the truck as suggested perhaps that's true, but I've learned over the years to take early reports with a grain or two of salt. It's best not to jump to any conclusions until more thorough investigations have been conducted.
Other contributing factors--things not as obvious or easy to blame as speeding--could have been overlooked at first glance. For example, what if the truck driver braked suddenly ahead of the victim or changed lanes into her path? What if the victim's car had bad brakes and she couldn't stop before the collision? Would those be ignored just because police think the car was speeding?
The law is nuanced enough to consider all the factors that led to a crash, which is why thorough investigations are so important in these situations. Will law enforcement put in the necessary work to be sure the whole story is known, or should independent investigators take another look?