• July 06, 2022

Scott Berry Killed in Truck Accident on AL-20 in Lawrence County

Lawrence County, AL — July 1, 2022, 52-year-old Scott Berry died in a crash with a propane truck on State Highway 20 in Lawrence County.

According to reports the incident happened Friday along AL-20 at AL-33. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Berry was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck on the highway when he rear-ended a propane truck for unknown reasons. One or both vehicles caught fire after the collision.

Berry was pronounced dead at the scene. The propane truck driver, 58-year-old Charles Tennyson, was transported to an area hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Scott Berry Accident in Lawrence County

Folks tend to see a rear-end collision and simply assume the rear driver did something wrong. That's often true, considering how regularly things like speeding, following too closely, and distracted driving are found to cause a crash like this. However, none of those can or should be taken for granted and a more thorough investigation must be conducted.

Scott Berry Killed in Lawrence County, AL Truck Accident

Some details could have been overlooked or not considered in the preliminary investigation. For example, what if the truck driver braked suddenly ahead of the victim? Would that be ignored even though it may have caused the victim to rear-end the truck? Of course not.

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 be sure the whole story is found, or should independent investigators take a second look?

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