Savannah Stewart Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident in St. Louis County, MO
St. Louis County, MO -- July 28, 2022, Savannah Stewart was injured following an accident involving a tractor-trailer.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 2:00 p.m. along I-44 near Lewis Road.
Officials said that 19-year-old Savannah Stewart was in a Mercury Cougar traveling eastbound along the interstate. It appears that a Freightliner changed lanes and hit Stewart's vehicle.
As a result, Stewart sustained unspecified injuries. The other driver was not hurt. At this time, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Savannah Stewart Tractor-Trailer Accident in St. Louis County
I want to be clear that I don't have answers about what did or didn't happen here, but I see a lot of wrecks similar to this. A truck changing lanes into someone is usually a sign that a driver was being impatient or inattentive. That could be due to something as simple as looking at their phone or just being lazy, but there can also be complex issues that require more thorough independent investigations.
For example, I had a situation a while back where a truck driver was texting and driving, resulting in a crash. As clear as that may seem, our continued investigations revealed a more complex series of events. We found that the driver had to respond to his supervisor, who would call and text drivers constantly throughout the day. If they didn't respond right away, they'd get in trouble and essentially were threatened with their jobs. It was just a matter of time before one of those drivers got themselves or someone else hurt simply trying to appease their unreasonable boss.
I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but it's that sort of thing authorities rarely look into. As such, making sure the right people are looking into a serious truck wreck is important after an accident like this. Are steps being taken here to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks?