• August 09, 2022

Trucker Killed in 18-wheeler Accident on I-59 in Hattiesburg, MS

Hattiesburg, MS -- August 7, 2022, one person was killed as the result of a multi-vehicle accident involving an 18-wheeler on I-59.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 11:00 p.m. along I-59 near Hardy Street.

Trucker Killed in 18-wheeler Accident on I-59 in Hattiesburg, MS

Authorities said that the crash began after a Honda Accord somehow hit an abandoned Toyota 4Runner on southbound lanes. An 18-wheeler then veered off-road where it hit a tree and caught fire.

The unidentified truck driver died at the scene. One other person was injured. At this time, no further information is available.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on I-59 in Hattiesburg

I understand that there are lawyers out there that give us all the reputation of being "anti-trucker". Yet when I see reports like this, I rarely see anyone talk about a serious issue truck drivers face that kills and seriously injures many of them. Folks may generally see this as unfortunate circumstances or reckless driving causing a truck driver to swerve off-road and fatally crash. What I'm wondering, though, is if this crash actually needed to be fatal.

Whenever a truck catches fire, as apparently happened here, it may have been due to negligent placement of the fuel tanks rather than the crash itself. It's a serious issue in the industry, yet even authorities rarely look into it. Are steps being taken to determine exactly what led to this driver's tragic death? It may take far more thorough independent investigations to ensure the family gets the answers they deserve.

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