Javier Cardoso-Reyes Killed in Truck Rollover Crash near Buffalo, WY
Buffalo, WY — August 16, 2022, 47-year-old Javier Cardoso-Reyes died in an 18-wheeler overturn accident at Mosier Gulch near Buffalo.
According to authorities the incident happened Wednesday afternoon along Highway 16 in Mosier Gulch. Preliminary investigation suggests Cardoso-Reyes was driving a semi-truck loaded with drill pipe on the highway when he was unable to slow down and negotiate a turn locally known as Dead Man's Curve. The truck rolled over in the turn, went over a nearby guardrail, and went down a rocky embankment to the bottom of Mosier Gulch.
Investigators say the truck's trailer separated and the cab came loose from the frame and engine compartment during the rollover. Cardoso-Reyes was found in the cab and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Javier Cardoso-Reyes Accident in Mosier Gulch
UPDATE (September 16, 2022): Later reports mention that the truck driver killed in this accident, Javier Cardoso-Reyes, had contacted his employer shortly beforehand to tell them he was having trouble with his truck's brakes. That could add a troubling dimension to what is already a complicated situation.
Folks outside of the trucking industry aren't always aware than many companies push their drivers to unreasonable limits to "get the load on the road." Despite federally-mandated limitations to how much can be asked of truckers, some companies are found to encourage bad behavior with the promises of early-delivery bonuses--or threats of cut routes if a driver refuses to play ball.
I'm not saying the company behind the truck in Wyoming played dirty, but it's concerning to learn the driver told them his truck wasn't braking right and seemingly nobody told him to get somewhere safe and stop the truck. Instead he ended up on a too-steep hill going around a too-sharp turn with too-bad brakes and tragedy followed.
It seems to me like someone should investigate that company's practices just to be sure it's doing its duty with driver care and regular fleet maintenance. If careful scrutiny found its practices to be less then above-board, it may be fitting to hold it accountable for the death of its employee.
ORIGINAL: Reports and police seem inclined to blame this terrible accident on the truck's speed as it rounded a bend. It's certainly possible that was a key factor, but what if there's more to the story?
For instance, it's highly troubling to read that the various major parts of the truck pulled apart during its rollover. People may not often think about how big rigs are put together, but they're built more precariously than they probably seem from the outside. That fragility is a serious threat to the health and safety of truck drivers, as well as others caught nearby a truck when it rolls over or crashes.
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