• August 10, 2022

Kenneth Streeter Killed in Truck Accident on I-80 in Sweetwater County, WY

UPDATE (August 10, 2022): Authorities later identified the man killed in this accident as 51-year-old Kenneth Streeter.

Sweetwater County, WY — August 2, 2022, a truck driver died and another person was injured in a three-truck crash on I-80 in Sweetwater County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 12:15 p.m. along I-80 near mile marker 123. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth 18-wheeler was westbound on the interstate in the left lane when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The truck sideswiped a nearby Chevrolet Silverado, causing the pickup to run off the road and roll several times before coming to rest upright.

The Kenworth truck continued onward another quarter-mile or more before it veered left and passed through the median into eastbound traffic. An approaching Volvo semi-truck tried to avoid the Kenworth but the two trucks sideswiped one another. The Kenworth lost its left front steer tire, ran off the road, jackknifed, and caught fire.

The Kenworth driver was killed in the crash. One other person was reported injured, though it's unclear if that was the Volvo driver or the Chevy driver.

The investigation is ongoing. Driver inattention and/or fatigue are considered possible factors.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on I-80 Truck Accident in Sweetwater County

News reports paint a pretty clear picture of what happened on I-80 but authorities are still trying to figure out why things went that way. Somewhat predictably most of their theories seem to center around the 18-wheeler's driver making a mistake that caused the truck to go out of control. The theory seems reasonable enough; operators errors are the biggest causes of all sorts of crashes. However, I can't help but wonder if police took other possibilities into account before they started pointing fingers.

Kenneth Streeter Killed in Truck Accident on I-80 in Sweetwater County, WY

For instance, what if a mechanical failure or defect in the truck sent it off-course to begin with? It's far more common than folks may realize; sometimes that's due to the truck being made poorly or with defective parts, others it's because the company that owns it neglects fleet maintenance as long as possible to save a few bucks. Both obviously create major dangers for the drivers and the people around them, and in either situation someone besides the driver should answer for their part in the damage done.

I'm not saying I know a dicey truck was the cause of the I-80 wreck. My point is just that things are often more complex than a once-over at the scene or a few sentences in the news make them sound. The best way to know for sure what caused this terrible accident is to carefully investigate all the possible variables. Police don't always have the time, training, or equipment to do that, though, so I often recommend independent investigations to be sure the whole truth is known. Everyone affected by the crash deserves every answer they can get.

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