Brian Bayne Killed in Truck Accident on I-65 in Scott County, IN
Scott County, IN — August 4, 2022, 53-year-old Brian Bayne died when his tractor-trailer crashed into an overpass on Interstate 65 in Scott County.
According to authorities the incident happened around 7:15 p.m. on southbound I-65 at mile marker 34. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Bayne was headed south in an 18-wheeler when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck appears to have swerved into the highway's grassy median and then crashed into a concrete overpass column.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Brian Bayne Accident in Scott County
Police don't yet seem to know exactly what happened in this accident. I'm not coming down on them for not having all the answers, but I hope they'll soon be able to say with more certainty exactly how and why this tragic incident occurred.
It's one thing to read that the truck left the road and hit the overpass, but it would be another thing entirely to understand the circumstances of that. If the driver lost control, why? Was he awake, alert, and watching the road? Could he have lost control due to a medical emergency? Was the truck in good working order and properly maintained--engine, alignment, tires, and other crucial components? Images of the scene show overcast weather and wet road surfaces; did those contribute to the accident? Is that stretch of road poorly designed or maintained?
I don't ask those questions to muddy the waters or assume anything. It's important to carefully investigate all the possible variables rather than jumping to conclusions. If police investigations fall short of filling in all the remaining blanks here, it may be best for independent investigators to have another look. At the very least I think most would agree the victim's loved ones deserve all the answers and help they can get.