• July 14, 2022

Woman, Children Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash on Skyland Blvd in Tuscaloosa, AL

Tuscaloosa, AL — July 13, 2022, a woman and four children were injured in a multi-vehicle accident on Skyland Boulevard in Tuscaloosa.

According to reports the incident began around 7:30 a.m. along Skyland when a box truck overturned. An ALDOT worker and off-duty police officer then pulled up near the truck to help at the scene.

A few minutes later, a Dodge minivan crashed into a flatbed 18-wheeler hauling building supplies near the first crash site. The impact pushed the flatbed truck across the median and into the parked ALDOT truck and police patrol vehicle.

The van's driver and four children in it were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries ranging from minor to serious.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Multi-Vehicle Accident on Skyland Blvd in Tuscaloosa

This sounds like a pretty chaotic serious of events and investigators clearly still have a lot of work to do unraveling how things went down. How and why did the box truck overturn? How and why did the minivan crash with the flatbed truck? Were one or more drivers distracted or sleepy? Did somebody's vehicle fail somehow? Anything wrong with the road in that area? What else don't we know about what happened?

Woman, Children Injured in Tuscaloosa, AL Multi-Vehicle Crash on Skyland Blvd

It's always best after any wreck to investigate carefully and thoroughly, but that need is amplified after crashes involving commercial vehicles. I've learned over decades in this field that companies behind commercial trucks tend to get "creative" when explaining how and why they wrecked. That's not to say either truck driver should be blamed without evidence, just that it's important for only clear facts to tell the story. Will law enforcement take the time and care needed to learn the whole story, or would the injured victims be better served by independent investigations?

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