Shawn Brown Killed, One Injured in Dual Truck Accident on Webster Street in Harrison Township, OH
UPDATE (July 6, 2022): Reports identified the truck driver killed in the crash as 36-year-old Shawn Brown. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Harrison Township, OH -- June 30, 2022, one person was killed and one was injured due to an accident where two commercial trucks crashed.
Investigators reported that the accident took place early Thursday just before 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of Webster Street and Needmore Road.
According to officials, a box truck was going southbound on Webster when a t-bone collision somehow occurred with a tanker truck. The box truck hit the side of the tanker, causing it to flip.
Due to the crash, the box truck driver sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the tanker reportedly had minor injuries.
Additional details about the crash are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Shawn Brown Truck Accident in Harrison Township
The most recent images of this intersection I can find show the crossing is controlled by a traffic signal. With this being a t-bone collision, it seems likely someone failed to yield or ran a red light. That may seem like a rather simple thing to investigate, but no commercial truck wreck is ever simple. There are inherent challenges that the authorities, quite frankly, aren't typically equipped to handle.
Not long ago, for example, I handled a situation where two drivers each claimed the other ran a red light, and the investigating officer couldn't make heads or tails of it. He was in such a rush to move on to other priorities that he essentially left them to figure things out on their own. Well, the injured driver in that crash contacted us, and it only took us a couple of days to find a nearby business with security footage that clearly showed the other guy run the light.
I'm not saying that's what happened here, but people tend to take for granted that authorities are going to get them the help they need. In reality, a complex truck wreck almost always requires thorough independent investigations into things like driver history, maintenance records, mechanical defects, GPS and ECM data, training records, safety procedures, cargo shifts, and other issues that don't typically surround the average motor vehicle wreck.
Many of my clients over the years have been commercial drivers harmed due to the actions of other commercial drivers. Whatever led to this wreck, those affected are likely just as in the wind as anyone else would be. Are the proper steps being taken here to at least ensure those folks are getting the answers they deserve?