• August 23, 2022

Travis Dorsey Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-84 in Vernon, CT

Vernon, CT — August 22, 2022, truck driver Travis Dorsey was seriously injured in a crash between two 18-wheelers on Interstate 84 in Vernon.

According to reports the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on I-84 east between exits 64 and 65. Preliminary investigation suggests Dorsey was driving east on the interstate near exit 65 when he allegedly drifted out of the right lane onto the shoulder and hit the back of a parked big rig. The impact pushed the parked truck into a nearby light pole.

After the impact Dorsey was entrapped in his truck. Firefighters extricated him after about an hour of effort and he was airlifted to an area hospital. The other driver, identified as Olusola Adeoti, reportedly suffered minor injuries and was taken to the same hospital by ambulance.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Travis Dorsey Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-84 in Vernon, CT

Commentary on Travis Dorsey Accident on I-84 in Vernon

Considering the reported circumstances of the crash I'd imagine most people are focused on why one truck driver left the roadway. That's certainly important to learn, but at the same time I discourage fixating on that specific detail at the cost of the big picture. This early in the investigation it's best to keep an open mind and pay attention to all the possible contributing factors--to the crash itself, but also to one man's serious injuries. The causes of those things are sometimes distinct, which can take people by surprise.

For instance, two often-overlooked but crucial details to learn in Vernon are 1) why the other truck was parked on the shoulder and 2) what the driver did after stopping there. People don't always know that truck drivers have some very strict federal guidelines about both where they can stop and what they have to do afterward--particularly on the road or shoulder. I'm not accusing the parked driver of wrongdoing in Vernon, but long experience has shown me that some professional truckers don't take the necessary (and mandatory) precautions after stopping.

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