• August 01, 2022

Harry Jackson III Killed, 3 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Carbon County, PA

Carbon County, PA -- July 29, 2022, Harry Jackson III was killed and three were injured due to an accident involving a tractor-trailer.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 5:30 p.m. along the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension in the Franklin Township area.

According to officials, a tractor-trailer traveling southbound somehow lost control, causing the truck to jackknife across southbound lanes. In doing so, the truck smashed through the center barrier, entering northbound lanes.

A Ford Mustang then crashed into the 18-wheeler. This resulted in the death of the Mustang driver, identified as 33-year-old Harry Jackson III. A 34-year-old woman in the vehicle reportedly had minor injuries. Reports say a woman riding in the Hyundai Elantra that hit the 18-wheeler had serious injuries while that driver had minor injuries. It appears no one else was seriously hurt.

Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Harry Jackson III in 18-wheeler Accident in Carbon County

It isn't entirely clear what led to this crash, but a tractor-trailer jackknifing through a concrete barrier isn't usually some run-of-the-mill investigation. I can't help wondering if authorities here are being thorough enough to get the victims and families the full story. Things aren't always as simple as someone just being on their phone, as common as that may be. This could be some highly unusual, unavoidable factor, or perhaps there was a series of events that led to this awful event.

Harry Jackson III Killed, 3 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Carbon County, PA

Take for example a situation I handled a while back in which an 18-wheeler crashed after the driver had a medical emergency. It seemed pretty unavoidable, but we made sure to be thorough and investigate the driver's history at his company. Something authorities completely overlooked was that the driver had a long, clear history of medical issues which would have kept him from driving a commercial truck at any other reputable company. His employer, however, either didn't bother looking into this history or simply ignored the warning signs--it's tough to say which would be worse. As a result, those issues inevitably resulted in people getting hurt.

I'm not saying that happened here, of course, but that's an example of why I say thorough independent investigations are crucial after a commercial truck wreck. It's not just about looking for someone to blame. Getting people the help and the answers they deserve means ensuring nothing goes overlooked. Common or not, whatever caused this tragedy needs to come to light, and that means having allies with the experience and tools needed to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks.

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