Two Injured in Fiery Truck Accident at US-26 and Stone Road near Boring, OR
Boring, OR — August 29, 2022, two people were injured in an explosive truck accident on U.S. Highway 26 near Boring.
Reports say the incident happened around 4:00 a.m. at the intersection of US-26 and Stone Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a pickup truck may have disregarded the Stone Road stop sign at US-26. When it entered the highway's lanes it collided with a tanker truck. After the impact both trucks ran onto the shoulder and leaked fuel from the tanker caught fire. An explosion soon followed.
The pickup driver was critically injured and was rescued just before his truck became engulfed in flames. The tanker driver reportedly sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to area hospitals.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on US-26 near Boring
Reports suggest vehicles on Stone Road are meant to yield to thru-traffic on the highway. It's not clear why the pickup driver didn't, but rather than jump to any conclusions it's important to investigate carefully and consider all the possible variables.
For example: Did the car have mechanical or brake problems? What about the driver--was he in good health, or could a medical issue have caused him to lose control? Did something block his view of the approaching truck or the stop sign? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Is there a history of similar crashes in that area? Could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision? How fast was the truck traveling on the highway?
I'm not trying to muddy the waters or accuse anyone of anything here. I just know from long experience that things get overlooked or misinterpreted sometimes during preliminary investigations. Many crashes aren't as simple as they might appear and crucial details may slip through the cracks. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt while efforts are made to learn the full story. Will police be thorough enough to get it, or would an independent investigation stand a better chance?