10-year-old Girl Impaled, Others Injured in Truck Accident on I-95 in Colleton County, SC
Colleton County, SC -- August 8, 2022, a 10-year-old girl was impaled and others were injured due to a multi-vehicle truck accident on I-95.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 6:11 a.m. along I-95 near mile marker 59.
According to officials, the crash began after a car lost control on southbound lanes and hit the cable barrier. After this, a chain-reaction occurred involving a tractor-trailer rear-ending vehicles.
In a BMW that was involved, a cargo rail was pushed forward and impaled a 10-year-old girl in the vehicle. That girl and at least four others were taken to area hospitals. Conditions are unclear at this time.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Chain-reaction Crash on I-95 in Colleton County
It wouldn't surprise anyone to point out the seriousness of a semi-truck apparently crashing into other vehicles, though it's important to consider whether or not the truck driver even could have avoided the collision. I certainly wouldn't jump to conclusions without considering all the facts. With that in mind, something stood out to me in these reports. The news says that a cargo rail in a BMW impaled the young girl injured here. Why did that happen? Was it simply a freak occurrence, or was it the result of negligent design?
The vehicle involved appears to be a newer model BMW SUV. When I look at the cargo areas of some of these models, there appear to be some rails running perpendicular to the bumper directly behind the back seats. They seem to be in a prime spot for impaling someone if shoved forward. Quite frankly, that seems like a really dangerous and irresponsible design.
Just to be clear, I can only piece together what the news says and what I know from 30 years of experience working with similar crashes. Like I said, this may have just been a freak occurrence. But if other similar vehicles wouldn't have resulted in such unusual injuries to the young girl, what steps did this manufacturer fail to take? It seems like it would be entirely within their means as a large company to design the railings such that they deform away from passengers or simply aren't in a position to cause potentially fatal injuries.
I have serious doubts authorities are looking into this or that they even have the tools or experience to do so anyway. That's one of the reasons independent investigations are so crucial. This incident seems to be far from the exception.