• August 12, 2022

Monona Johnson, Katherine Johnson Injured in Haskell County, KS Truck Accident

Haskell County, KS — August 11, 2022, 53-year-old Monona Johnson and 74-year-old Katherine Johnson were injured in a crash with a semi-truck in Haskell County.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and US-56. Preliminary investigation suggests 53-year-old Phillip Johnson was driving a Cadillac SRX west on US-56 when he allegedly failed to stop for a sign at the US-83 intersection. After entering the crossroads the SUV was hit by a southbound Freightliner semi-truck.

Monona and Katherine Johnson, both passengers in the Cadillac, were injured and were taken to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported. All parties were reportedly wearing seat belts.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Monona and Katherine Johnson Accident in Haskell County

Reports suggest that vehicles on US-56 are meant to yield to passing traffic on US-83. It's not clear why the victim might not have done so here, but before anyone blames him for making a mistake it's important to consider other potential factors.

For example: Did the Cadillac have any mechanical or brake problems? What about the driver--was he in good health, awake, and alert? Could something have blocked 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? Does that area have a history of similar crashes? Ignoring right-of-way for a moment, could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

Monona Johnson, Katherine Johnson Injured in Haskell County, KS Truck Accident

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or unfairly blame anyone; unusual factors just often get overlooked during preliminary investigations. There was even a recent incident in West Texas where someone allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler, only for us to find out later that TxDOT road crews removed the signs during construction and didn't put them back. The victim didn't even know he had to stop, but until that fact came to light police reports wrongly blamed him.

It's pretty unlikely the same thing happened in Haskell County. Many crashes just aren't as simple as they might appear and crucial details are often missed or misunderstood. 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 of getting answers?

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