One Killed, One Injured in Crash with Cement Truck on Sundial Way in Troutdale, OR
Troutdale, OR — July 14, 2022, one person was killed and one was injured when an SUV crashed with a cement truck on Sundial Way in Troutdale.
According to reports the incident happened Thursday morning on the 2300 block of Northwest Sundial Way. Preliminary investigation suggests an SUV was making a left turn toward southbound Sundial when it collided with a northbound cement truck on the roadway.
The SUV's driver died of injuries sustained in the crash. Its passenger received critical injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The truck driver was evaluated at the scene but was not transported.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on Sundial Way in Troutdale
I often stress the importance of keeping an open mind after any crash, no matter what preliminary reports may say. Some likely feel the news is pretty clear about what happened in Oregon, but I've seen reports overlook or omit crucial details too many times not to take them with a grain or two of salt.
A second, more careful look sometimes confirms the original story, but I've also worked on plenty of cases where crucial information was found that law enforcement missed--things that completely changed how a crash was perceived.
In one recent case, for example, police said a driver turned in front of an 18-wheeler seemingly without cause, leading to a fatal crash. Her family didn't accept that she'd be so careless and asked us to look again. Our investigators found some unusual details omitted in police reports: There was a dense fog in the area at the time, the truck was traveling too fast for conditions, and the truck's headlights might have been malfunctioning. All that put together is a clear recipe for dangerously-reduced visibility, which clearly is a far cry from "without cause."
I'm not saying I know what was responsible for the crash in Troutdale, and I'm certainly not accusing anyone of anything. My point is just that it's important to look at the bigger picture instead of reaching a conclusion and then refusing to budge. With that in mind the victims may be better served by independent investigations to find the whole truth of the matter.