Beverly Crawford Killed, Rodney Crawford Injured in Crossover Accident on US-40 in Fayette County, IL
Fayette County, IL — August 26, 2022, Beverly Crawford died and Rodney Crawford was injured in a crash with a semi-truck on US-40 in rural Fayette County.
Reports say the incident happened Friday afternoon along U.S. Highway 40 at Spring Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Beverly Crawford, 66, was driving west on the roadway when she allegedly lost control and steered over the center line. Her vehicle then crashed head-on with an eastbound semi-truck driven by Douglas Tuttle.
Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger Rodney Crawford, 67, was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Tuttle, 59, was reportedly unhurt.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Beverly and Rodney Crawford Accident in Fayette County
As straightforward as this wreck may seem in early reports, it's important folks understand that a few sentences in the news can't possibly account for all the specifics of a crash. Moreover, even the eventual report from law enforcement may overlook or omit important details. That's why a second look from independent experts can be crucial: They could just ensure that nothing slips through the cracks, but in many cases they find vital details missed by police that change how a wreck is understood.
For example, I worked on a crash not long ago where someone allegedly traveled left of center and hit a truck head-on. When we looked again at his family's request, however, forensic evidence told a different story: The truck actually crossed over first when its driver fell asleep, and the victim swerved left to avoid it. When the big rig hit the rumble strips on the shoulder the driver woke up and swerved back to the correct lane, putting it once again on a collision course with the victim. Police found both vehicles in the truck's lane, concluded the victim crossed over, and thought no more about it.
I'm not saying that's what happened in Illinois. My point is just that details can easily slip through the cracks if authorities don't have the experience, time, and resources needed for something as complex as a commercial truck wreck. Are steps being taken here to make sure the people affected get the answers and help they deserve?