Injuries Reported in Truck/Van Crash on PA-283 in Mount Joy Twp
Mount Joy Township, PA — July 13, 2022, injuries were reported after a van and a tractor-trailer collided on State Route 283 in Mount Joy Township.
According to reports the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on westbound Rt 283 between the Manheim and Elizabethtown exits. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a van and an 18-wheeler collided in the area and injuries were confirmed by responders. One person was reportedly taken to an area hospital.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck/Van Accident in Mount Joy Twp
There isn't a lot of clear information yet about how exactly this crash happened or what caused it. Since so many details are still missing, I hope no one tries to fill in the blanks with speculation.
Because only clear facts should tell the story, police still need to look into many of its potential factors: Possible mistakes by the drivers like distraction or speeding, problems or defects in the vehicles, road conditions and design, visibility, lighting and sightlines, inclement weather, other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have influenced or even caused the crash.
Considering all the variables is an important part of any investigation, which means as more dots are connected it's best not to assume what picture they'll make. I've seen too many folks rush to judgment after reading a few sentences in the news only to completely change their minds after more information came to light. The same could easily happen here, though a "by the book" police investigation may not fully explain things either.
After a major accident--particularly one involving a commercial truck--I generally suggest an independent investigation to better ensure the whole truth is found. Whatever is learned, those affected deserve to know that every effort was made to bring them all the available answers. Any other actions beyond simply learning the truth would depend on what that turns out to be.