Thomas Hoket Killed in Tow Truck Accident on PA Turnpike near Somerset
Somerset, PA — July 27, 2022, 26-year-old tow driver Thomas Hoket was killed while securing a semi-truck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset.
According to reports the incident happened shortly before 1:30 a.m. on the Turnpike just west of town. The cause and circumstances of the accident aren't clear but reports say Hoket, an employee of Herring Motor Company, was on a service call to secure a disabled big rig. It was suggested by some reports that the truck may have fallen on him as he was hoisting it for a tow.
Hoket suffered fatal injuries in the accident.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Thomas Hoket Accident near Somerset
If reports have their facts straight and the disabled truck fell on the victim, that still leaves many troubling questions about exactly how and why such a devastating accident could have happened. Was the big rig not secured properly before being raised? Did the part of it secured to the tow truck break off? Was it unbalanced as it was raised? Did the tow truck's equipment malfunction somehow? Where was the victim in relation to the trucks? Was he suitably trained and experienced in retrieving large commercial vehicles?
That's just a few of many questions that need answers while putting more of the puzzle together. Something must have gone wrong for the semi-truck to fall off during securement, and depending on what that something is there may be issues of accountability to resolve. A young man's life ended much too soon, and at the very least his loved ones deserve a clear explanation of how and why that tragedy occurred. Anything more than simply bringing them the truth would depend on what that truth turns out to be.