• August 31, 2022

Zachary James Carlson Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Waterbury, CT

Waterbury, CT -- August 25, 2022, Zachary Jams Carlson was killed after an accident where a tow truck crashed with a semi-trailer.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 8:24 p.m. along I-84 West. It appears that 20-year-old Zachary James Carlson was in a tow truck traveling along the interstate. Somehow, the tow truck crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer. Due to this, Carlson sustained fatal injuries. No further information about the crash is available at this time.

Commentary on Zachary James Carlson Tractor-Trailer Accident in Waterbury

When folks read about a rear-end collision, they tend to just assume that driver did something wrong. That's often true, considering things like fatigue, speeding, and distracted driving. At the same time, though, it would be irresponsible to simply ignore other possibilities, unlikely as they may be.

Zachary James Carlson Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Waterbury, CT

I recall a crash I was looking into a while back where someone was going on the interstate and slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler. Things seemed pretty straight-forward, and that's all anyone knew for several weeks. However, further investigations revealed the truck had pulled off the shoulder without turning its lights on. Does that sound like something the victim would be responsible for just because their vehicle hit the back of the truck? Of course not--that'd be insane.

I'm not at all saying that happened here, but it's frustrating to see people jump to conclusions based on a couple of paragraphs in a news report that likely won't even follow up on these tragic events. It's important to ensure there are thorough investigations into what exactly happened here. Whether or not someone should be held accountable for these events, the victim's loved ones at least deserve to know they're getting the full story.

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