Two Injured in Truck Accident at 43rd and Lower Buckeye in Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ — August 31, 2022, two people were injured, one critically in a crash involving a tractor-trailer near a Phoenix intersection.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 11:15 a.m. near the crossing of 43rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a pickup truck stopped at the intersection's red light and a woman began to exit as it waited there. The pickup driver then allegedly sped into the intersection and the vehicle was hit by a tractor-trailer.
After the impact the woman was thrown beneath one of the trucks and suffered critical injuries. She and a man involved in the crash were taken to an area hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Phoenix Truck Accident at 43rd and Lower Buckeye
Right now it's hard to say what exactly happened here. Reports suggest some kind of dispute perhaps and a driver's regrettable decision to try and keep his passenger from leaving. If he ran the light as investigators suggest, then maybe there wasn't much the big rig driver could have done to avoid what followed.
However, someone was critically injured because of this incident and I think that deserves careful attention and investigation. Only the true facts, not assumptions or inferences, should tell the story. Hopefully police won't just settle for the narrative they put together after a short time at the scene, but will instead dig deep and make sure all the variables are accounted for. Unfortunately in my experience they have many competing priorities and don't always spend the time they should on these matters, so ensuring the whole truth is known sometimes required another set of eyes.