• August 01, 2022

Marcus McFadden Killed, 4 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Berkeley County, SC

Berkeley County, SC -- July 29, 2022, Marcus McFadden was killed and four were injured due to an accident where 18-wheelers collided.

Officials reported that the crash took place at around 1:15 p.m. along Highway 52 near Colonel Maham Drive.

In reports, investigators said that 25-year-old Marcus McFadden was in a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound on the highway. It appears that an oncoming Freightliner somehow overturned, and its load hit McFadden's truck. A Ford SUV then crashed into McFadden's semi.

As a result of the crash, McFadden sustained fatal injuries. A passenger in McFadden's vehicle along with two people in the Ford and the other truck driver were injured.

Exact details surrounding the crash are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Marcus McFadden 18-wheeler Accident in Berkeley County

It's not entirely clear what happened here, but getting answers may take a lot more than folks may realize. It's not always as simple as looking at someone's cell phone records, as common a factor as distraction may be. This sort of event can occur for all kinds of reasons, and I've seen a myriad of different possibilities throughout my career.

Marcus McFadden Killed, 4 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Berkeley County, SC

Maybe the truck driver took a curve too fast. Maybe the cargo shifted, pulling the trailer over with it. It's possible a defective tire or some sort of issue with the truck caused the driver to lose control. This roadway itself could be unnecessarily dangerous through lack of maintenance, poor signage, or a dangerously high speed limit. The driver that lost control may be forced to work long hours or isn't properly trained or qualified to operate a commercial vehicle.

Likely or not, I've seen all of these and more lead to serious wrecks. In most of those situations, it took independent investigations to bring the issues to light. Authorities simply didn't have the experience, time, or equipment for such complex possibilities. That's why, at the very least, crashes like this warrant thorough independent investigations. Maybe nothing unusual happened here, but the victims and families involved need to know they're getting the full story.

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