Passenger Injured in 18-Wheeler Crash on I-70 in Grand Junction, CO
Grand Junction, CO — July 17, 2022, a big rig's passenger was seriously injured when it jackknifed and crashed on Interstate 70 in Grand Junction.
According to reports the incident happened early Sunday morning along eastbound I-70 near mile marker 22. Investigators aren't sure what made the truck jackknife in the road, but it came to a stop in the median with its trailer overturned and blocking traffic.
The truck's passenger was transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The driver sustained minor injuries and was also taken to a hospital.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-70 in Grand Junction
Right now reports can't really say what happened--or more accurately why it happened. It's one thing to know that a truck jackknifed and crashed, but it's another entirely to understand the reason for that. How'd the driver lose control? Were they distracted? Did they fall asleep? Did they have some kind of medical episode? Was the truck in good condition? What were weather and traffic like in the area? Was there debris or water in the road? Additionally, why was the passenger in the truck at the time? Were they a coworker, or just someone along for the ride?
Questions like those aren't about complicating things or pointing fingers. It's just important to investigate all the possible variables carefully--mostly to be sure the crash's facts are known, but also because those facts are usually needed to get victims the help they deserve. That includes finding out why the passenger was there, as their options for getting assistance may differ depending on the answer.
The best way to make sure all those lingering questions get answered is with a careful and thorough investigation. That often takes more effort than police put in before moving on, however, which is why I typically suggest using independent investigators with the time, tools, and training to look much closer than law enforcement generally does. With the evidence they find, victims and families whose lives are affected by these accidents are often able to get their lives back on track.