Five Injured in Fremont County, ID Crossover Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-20
Fremont County, ID — August 6, 2022, five men were hospitalized after a crossover collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 20 in Fremont County.
According to reports the incident happened around 5:00 p.m. along US-20 near mile marker 364. Preliminary investigation suggests a Subaru Legacy was headed west on the highway when the driver crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. After entering the oncoming lane the Subaru crashed head-on with an eastbound 18-wheeler.
The Subaru's five occupants, all men believed to be in their 20's, were transported to a local hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The truck driver was reportedly unhurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Crossover Accident on US-20 in Fremont County
Reports say the victims crossed left of center in Idaho, but remember that preliminary findings are sometimes just officers' best guesses after a once-over at the scene. Many times they're right, but I've also seen plenty of cases where they missed the mark entirely.
For instance, after a recent similar crash police said the victim crossed over the center line and caused a fatal wreck with a big rig. We looked again at his family's request and found evidence that the truck actually crossed over first when the driver fell asleep. He swerved back when the truck hit the rumble strips, but that put him back on a collision course with the victim's car. Police saw the car in the truck's lane when they arrived and figured the victim was at fault, and the truck driver didn't correct them.
I'm not saying the Fremont County trucker did anything wrong or that police won't investigate it correctly, but even if they're sure the victim crossed over that still doesn't explain why. Some may say he did something wrong, but it's best not to jump to conclusions when there could be other explanations. Did he have a medical emergency? Did his car blow a tire or malfunction somehow? Was the road wet or in poor condition in that area? Did another vehicle force him to go off-course?
The point here is that things are rarely as clear as a few sentences in the news make them seem. That's why I often suggest that independent experts take a second look and make sure nothing crucial was missed. At the very least, the victims deserve to know every effort was made to learn the whole story. Any other steps beyond that would depend on what the story turns out to be.