• August 19, 2022

Mitchel Carter, Thelmon Crabb, Ruben Gonzalez-Velasquez Killed in Van, Semi Accident in Emanuel County, GA

Emanuel County, GA -- August 17, 2022, Mitchel Carter, Thelmon Crabb, and Ruben Gonzalez-Velasquez were killed in a semi-truck accident.

According to initial reports from police, the accident happened at around 6:15 a.m. along Highway 57 at Griffin Ferry Road.

Reports said that a van was traveling northbound on Griffin Ferry Road. As it entered highway lanes, a semi-truck crashed into the van.

Mitchel Carter, Thelmon Crabb, Ruben Gonzalez-Velasquez Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Emanuel County, GA

Due to the collision, three occupants in the van sustained fatal injuries. Reports identified them as 45-year old Mitchel Carter, 63-year-old Thelmon Crabb, and 44-year-old Ruben Gonzalez-Velasquez. A fourth person in the van reportedly had serious injuries, and the truck driver's injuries were said to be minor.

At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Mitchel Carter, Thelmon Crabb, Ruben Gonzalez-Velasquez Semi-Truck Accident in Emanuel County

With a crash this serious, it's crucial to take early details with a grain of salt. Quite frankly, they're rarely accurate or telling the whole story. Any crash is going to present unique challenges, and one involving two commercial vehicles is only going to prove to be more arduous without the right experience and tools.

It's one of the reasons I'm always so adamant about independent investigations rather than relying solely on police. For the families of three people who lost their lives, getting the full story has to be a priority. Maybe further investigations will simply align with police, but leaving that up to chance simply wouldn't be prudent. Are steps being taken here to make sure all possible contributing factors are getting the proper attention?

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