Marcus Craven Killed, Johnnie Jones Injured in Truck Accident in Kingman County, KS
Kingman County, KS -- August 22, 2022, Marcus Craven was killed and Johnnie Jones was injured due to an accident where their trucks crashed.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 1:00 a.m. along US Highway 54. It appears that 72-year-old Marcus Craven was in a semi-truck going eastbound on the highway. Reports say that truck somehow went into oncoming lanes where it crashed with another semi driven by 61-year-old Johnnie Jones.
Due to the collision, Craven sustained fatal injuries. Jones was said to have serious injuries. right now, the cause of the crash remains unclear. Investigations continue.
Commentary on Marcus Craven, Johnnie Jones Truck Accident in Kingman County
There isn't much information about what happened here, but folks will no doubt assume a driver veering into oncoming lanes must have done something wrong. As likely as that is, it's important to consider all possibilities and ensure nothing slips through the cracks. After all, if anyone can appreciate the unique challenges a commercial driver has to deal with, it's other truck drivers.
Here's an example of why it's important to investigate extenuating circumstances. I handled a crash a while back where a truck driver crashed due to a medical emergency. As sudden and unexpected as that seemed, our investigations showed it was entirely foreseeable.
The driver had a clear history of medical issues which should have disqualified him from driving. A responsible company would see those red flags and ensure that person wasn't behind the wheel. That company, however, either never bothered checking or simply didn't care about the risks. It's tough to say which is worse. Due to their negligence, people got hurt--including the truck driver.
I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but folks tend to assume crashes like this have to be the fault of one driver or the other. In reality, there could be multiple parties involved here. The drivers, manufacturers, employers, other drivers that left the scene, a city failing to maintain roads--likely or not, someone lost their life, and another person was seriously hurt. They and their loved ones deserve to know they're getting the full story.