• July 18, 2022

Two Killed in Rear-End Crash with Big Rig on US-395 in Inyo County, CA

Inyo County, CA — July 16, 2022, two people in a car died in a rear-end crash with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 395 in Inyo County.

According to reports the incident happened just after 1:00 p.m. on US-395 near South Haiwee Canyon Road, south of Lone Pine. Preliminary investigation suggests a Hyundai Sonata was traveling north on the highway when it came up on a Freightliner 18-wheeler, also northbound in the same lane but moving more slowly. Reports say the Hyundai driver failed to reduce speed and the car crashed into the back of the big rig.

Both the Hyundai's occupants were fatally injured in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on US-395 in Inyo County

Reports seem to have a fair handle on what happened here, but at the same time they don't shed much light on why things went that way. Why did the car hit the back of the truck? Was the driver awake, alert, and paying attention to the road? How fast was the truck actually going? Sources say cars can go 65 on that stretch of road but heavy trucks must go 55; when reports say the truck was going "much slower," do they mean that difference or was it greater? If the truck was traveling much slower than the limit, were its hazard lights on? Was anything wrong with it mechanically? Should the driver have pulled over instead of limping along?

Two Killed in Rear-End Crash with Big Rig on US-395 in Inyo County, CA

I'm not trying to complicate things or point fingers here. I'm only saying that a few sentences in the news really doesn't explain the tragic crash that claimed two lives. If for no other reason than to bring their loved ones some closure it seems to me like someone should take a closer look. Law enforcement might be planning to do that, but this wouldn't be the first time I've seen them make their peace with an incomplete report and move on. Would an independent investigation stand a better chance of learning the whole story?

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