Roy Howell Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Walker County, AL
Walker County, AL -- August 23, 2022, Roy Howell was killed due to an accident where Howell's vehicle and a semi collided.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 3:10 p.m. along I-22 just outside of Jasper.
According to officials, 76-year-old Roy Howell was in a Toyota highlander which reportedly crashed head-on with a tractor-trailer. As a result, Howell sustained fatal injuries.
Right now, the exact cause of the crash remains unclear.
Commentary on Roy Howell Truck Accident in Walker County
It's not entirely clear what happened here, but any crash involving a commercial truck is going to present unique challenges. From distraction to medical conditions to mechanical defects, there are all kinds of possible factors investigators need to be able to handle. For that reason, I'd hesitate to approach a deadly truck wreck like this through the lens of a police investigation alone. They may not have the tools to catch certain details which more thorough independent investigators are better equipped to handle. Understanding why that is can be crucial after a tragedy like this.