• August 31, 2022

Carl Oldridge Killed in Semi-Truck Crash on SH 49 in Sumner County, KS

UPDATE (September 1, 2022): The driver killed in this crash has been identified as Carl Oldridge.

Sumner County, KS — August 30, 2022, one person died when a commercial truck overturned on State Highway 49 in Sumner County.

According to reports, police were called around 4:50 p.m. to State Highway 49 near the 1200 block of South Caldwell Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a semi-truck was traveling south on the highway near mile marker 5 when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The truck ran off the road into the west ditch, then rolled over and hit a utility pole.

The truck's driver was fatally injured in the wreck.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Carl Oldridge Killed in Semi-Truck Crash on SH 49 in Sumner County, KS

Commentary on Carl Oldridge Truck Accident on KS-49

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 like this, one question always springs to mind: Did that really have to be fatal?

There's an unfortunate problem in the trucking industry where manufacturers display a serious lack of concern for driver safety. In many cases trucks that should be able to withstand a rollover instead 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 aftermath of the Sumner County accident? Only further careful investigation by experienced professionals could say. Click below to learn more.

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