Jessica Keetch Minnesota Killed, Children Injured in Truck Accident in Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT -- August 15, 2022, Jessica Keetch Minnesota was killed and four others were injured due to an accident with a runaway truck.
Authorities responded to the Big Cottonwood Canyon area along Route 190. According to their reports, 36-year-old Jessica Keetch Minnesota was driving a car along the highway. It appears that a dump truck lost its brakes, and the driver attempted to go onto a runaway truck ramp. Doing so, the truck crashed with Minnesota's vehicle.
Due to the severity of the collision, Minnesota sustained fatal injuries. Two children and a 61-year-old woman in Minnesota's vehicle were seriously injured. Reports say the truck driver also had serious injuries. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Jessica Keetch Minnesota Truck Accident in Salt Lake City
If these reports are accurate, experience tells me it's unlikely this awful event would have occurred without someone making a big mistake. Folks tend to see "brake failure" and they think it's just an unavoidable tragedy. More often than not, though, it's entirely avoidable.
The most likely reason something like this happens is misuse or poor maintenance of a truck's brakes. Any experienced trucker knows that mountainous areas require careful operation to ensure their brakes don't overheat. If they do, the brakes go out, and you've got a runaway truck on your hands. A driver that fails to properly manage their brakes either isn't being careful enough, isn't experienced or trained properly, or could be engaging in other negligent behavior, such as carrying cargo that's overweight or neglecting to do necessary repairs.
Now, is it possible this is some unlikely, unforeseeable accident caused by something like a defect? Absolutely, and a proper investigation will also consider that possibility. But when I see a driver swerve into oncoming traffic in an attempt to solve a situation which ninety-nine times out of a hundred is their own fault, I can't help wondering what in the world they were thinking.
For that reason, it's important that investigators handling this know what they're looking for. A reckless driver is one thing, but possibilities like poor training, a history of reckless driving, driving over hours, operating trucks in a state of disrepair, and other such issues can be a sign that there's an employer out there putting the community in danger. Getting victims and families the help they need is always a priority, but the hundreds of folks I've helped after a commercial vehicle wreck can attest to the importance of making sure those responsible for those hardships are held accountable for their actions. Are those steps being taken here?