Jeffery Underwood, Teen Injured in Truck Accident on US-377 in Marshall County, OK
Marshall County, OK — August 4, 2022, 41-year-old Jeffery Underwood and his teen passenger were injured in a crash with a semi-truck in Marshall County.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. along U.S. Highway 377. Preliminary investigation suggests Underwood was driving a Chevrolet vehicle on a county road 6 miles west of Kingston when he turned onto the highway from a stop sign. While turning the Chevy was hit by a passing Freightliner tractor-trailer.
Underwood and his 13-year-old passenger were taken to area hospitals where both were said to be in stable condition. Both occupants of the Freightliner were unhurt.
Investigators say the cause of the incident was failure to yield from a stop sign.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jeffery Underwood Accident in Marshall County
Reports suggest that whichever county road the victim was traveling on is meant to yield to thru-traffic on the highway. It's not clear why the victim might not have done so, but rather than jump to any conclusions or blame him immediately it's important to consider all the potential variables.
For example: Did the Chevy have mechanical or brake problems? What about the driver--was he in good health, or could a medical issue have caused him to lose control? Did something block his view of the approaching big rig? Was signage present and clear at the intersection? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Is there a history of similar crashes in that area? Could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision? Were both drivers awake, alert, and watching their surroundings?
I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or point fingers here. Unusual factors are just sometimes overlooked during preliminary investigations, which can lead to mistakes in the "official" story. For instance, there was a recent incident in West Texas where someone allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler. Reports and police blamed the victim for running the sign, but we found out later the intersection didn't have signs at the time because road crews removed them. The victim didn't even know they had to stop, but until that fact was learned they were unfairly blamed.
It's unlikely the same thing happened in Marshall County; I'm just saying that many crashes aren't as simple as they might appear and crucial details sometimes slip through the cracks. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt while efforts are made to learn the full story. Will police be thorough enough to get it, or would an independent investigation stand a better chance?