Earl Semmel Killed in Beaver County, OK Truck Accident on CR 126
Beaver County, OK — August 21, 2022, 87-year-old Earl Wayne Semmel died after a collision with a tractor-trailer on County Road 126 in Beaver County.
Reports say the incident happened Sunday at the intersection of CR 126 and CR 5 outside Turpin. Preliminary investigation suggests Semmel was westbound on CR 5 when he allegedly failed to yield to cross-traffic at the CR 126 intersection. His Ford F-250 entered the travel lanes of CR 126 and crashed into the front-left quarter of a southbound Kenworth semi-truck. Reports say the truck driver tried to swerve away from the collision but was unsuccessful.
Semmel was ejected during the collision and suffered critical injuries. He was taken to an area hospital where he died a short time later. The semi-truck driver was reportedly unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Earl Semmel Accident in Beaver County
The news says the victim failed to yield at the intersection. I have no specific reason to doubt their version of events, but at the same time it's unclear why that might have happened and no one should jump to conclusions. Did the victim just make a momentary but costly mistake, or was something else involved? Did his pickup have a mechanical failure or defect? Did he have a medical emergency? Was signage at that intersection present, clear, and easily understood? Were any other vehicles in the area? How fast was the big rig traveling on CR 126?
I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or point fingers, just pointing out that when someone is hurt or killed in an accident the best thing to do is ensure all the specifics are known. Without a full investigation that accounts for all the variables, someone may be unfairly blamed and the whole story may never be learned. That's unfair to the victim's loved ones, who deserve every answer they can get. Will appropriate care be taken to ensure that happens?