Abbie Stross, Michael Ansley, 5 Injured in Semi-Truck Accident in Bloomsbury, NJ
Bloomsbury, NJ -- Abbie Stross, Michael Ansley, and 5 others were injured after an accident where a semi-truck crashed into traffic on Route 78.
According to initial reports, the incident happened in Hunterdon County at around 4:25 p.m. along Route 78 near Exit 7.
Officials said that Abbie Stross was in a Mazda traveling eastbound on the highway. A semi-truck reportedly lost control and crashed into Stross, causing a tire to then strike a Kia Sorrento.
Stross and the truck driver, identified as Michael Ansley, reportedly had serious injuries. Others involved had less severe injuries, including children as young as 1 year old.
The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Commentary on Abbie Stross, Michael Ansley Semi-Truck Accident in Bloomsbury
There isn't much information about what happened here, though this sort of thing is usually the result of a driver looking at their phone, following too closely, or driving too fast. But not only should a proper investigation consider less likely, unavoidable possible factors, it should also consider why a driver might make a mistake and who else may need to be held accountable.
A while back, for example, our investigations into a serious crash showed that a trucker's mistake was more the result of his negligent employer. This company would routinely coerce drivers into meeting ludicrous deadlines, causing them to speed, skip maintenance, drive without securing cargo, and break hours of service laws. As a result, that driver fell asleep at the wheel driving for over 20 hours straight. While it didn't excuse that driver's actions, it was just a matter of time before that company's recklessness got someone hurt.
That's not the sort of thing a typical police investigation usually addresses. That's why it's important to ensure experienced accident reconstructionists look into accidents like this and ensure nothing important slips through the cracks.