Teen Dead, Four Injured when Semi-Truck Hits Bus, Van on I-40 in Apache County, AZ
Apache County, AZ — August 28, 2022, a child died and four people were injured when a semi-truck, a school bus, and a van crashed on Interstate 40 in east Arizona.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:00 a.m. on I-40 near Sanders in Apache County. Preliminary investigation suggests a bus from Holbrook Indian School and a van slowed for traffic ahead on the roadway, but a commercial semi-truck failed to reduce speed. The truck crashed into the bus and pushed it into the nearby van.
A child aboard the bus suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Four other people aboard the bus sustained unspecified injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Three-Vehicle Accident on I-40 in Apache County
When it comes to a wreck like this, folks may see the truck driver allegedly plowed into slowed traffic and assume there's little else to say before placing blame on them (and by extension their employer). However, few if any crashes--particularly with commercial trucks--are really that cut-and-dried. Investigators must find out exactly why things went the way they did or else there may be wiggle room for the company to avoid or deflect responsibility, leaving the victims without much-needed answers and help.
If sufficient clear evidence isn't found and something besides objective facts tells the story, trucking companies and their insurers have opportunities to use excuses or blame-shifting tactics to escape liability. They have a lot to lose if they're found responsible, so they'll fight hard not to just about every time. Understanding their methods and having the tools to overcome them is crucial for victims and families after a serious truck wreck. I doubt this crash is any exception.