Jerome Thomas Killed in Tanker Truck Rollover Crash on US-231 in Dubois County, IN
UPDATE (August 29, 2022): The truck driver killed in this accident has been identified as Missouri man Jerome Thomas. The circumstances of the truck's rollover crash are still under investigation.
Dubois County, IN — August 25, 2022, one person died in a tanker truck rollover accident on U.S. Highway 231 in Dubois County.
Reports say the incident happened shortly before 2:00 p.m. along US-231 near Old State Road 45. The cause and circumstances of the crash aren't known yet, but responders found a semi-tanker hauling milk overturned on its side with the driver trapped in the cab.
Authorities pronounced the driver dead at the scene.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jerome Thomas Accident in Dubois County
I certainly don't to speculate about what happened in this wreck considering how few facts are available right now. As authorities try to find more information, however, I see a specific detail in early reports that I fear may get set aside or ignored. Whenever a truck rolls over and tragedy follows, one question always springs to mind: Did the crash really have to be fatal?
There's an unfortunate problem in the trucking industry where manufacturers display an astounding lack of concern for the safety of truckers. That means that in many cases trucks that should be able to withstand a rollover crumple under their own weight due to shoddy manufacturing. As a result, drivers that should be able to make it home to their families end up losing their lives. Were the truck's design or construction factors in the tragic consequences of the Dubois County rollover?
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