Israel Flores Killed, Rigo Evangelista Injured in Newark, NJ Truck Accident on I-78
Newark, NJ — July 16, 2022, Israel Herrera Flores died and Rigo Evangelista was hurt after a tractor-trailer crossed into oncoming traffic on I-78 in Newark.
According to reports the incident happened around 6:15 a.m. along I-78. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner tractor-trailer was headed east on the highway when driver Flores lost control for unknown reasons.
The truck ran into the concrete divider between east- and westbound lanes, then traveled over it into oncoming traffic. It collided with another semi-truck, after which both big rigs caught fire. Three other westbound vehicles were also caught up in the crash, either striking the trucks or hit by debris.
Flores suffered fatal injuries in the collision. The other truck driver, 42-year-old Rigo Evangelista, was seriously injured and was taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Israel Flores, Rigo Evangelista Accident in Newark
Right now reports aren't really clear about exactly why things went the way they did on I-78. It's one thing to read that a truck veered into oncoming traffic, but it's another to understand the reason for that. How did the driver lose control? Was he distracted? Did he briefly fall asleep or have some kind of medical emergency? Was his truck in good condition? What were weather, traffic, visibility and road conditions like in the area?
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 truth is known, but also because as many clear facts as possible are usually needed to get people the help they deserve.
The best way to make sure the whole story is learned is by conducting 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 who are affected by these devastating accidents stand a better chance of getting their lives back on track.