Driver Injured in Dump Truck Overturn Crash on I-84 in Middlebury, CT
Middlebury, CT — September 2, 2022, a truck driver was seriously injured when his dump truck overturned on Interstate 84 in Middlebury.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:40 a.m. on the off-ramp of Exit 17 from eastbound I-84. the cause of the crash is uncertain, but news reports say a Tilcon dump truck carrying hot asphalt overturned on the ramp and spilled the asphalt into the roadway.
The truck driver's leg became pinned under the truck and he had to be extricated by emergency responders. Afterward he was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment of his serious injuries.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Dump Truck Accident on I-84 in Middlebury
People are sometimes surprised when I say accidents like this are more complicated than they appear. The general line of thinking is that the person controlling the truck is responsible for losing that control, so a wreck like this--however unfortunate--is the driver's responsibility. However, it's a little premature to assume that as there are still other possibilities to consider.
To that end there are still many lingering questions to answer: How'd the driver lose control? Were they distracted? Did they fall asleep? Did they have some kind of medical episode? Was the truck in good condition? What were weather and traffic like in the area? Was there debris or water in the road?
I don't ask those questions to complicate things or point fingers. It's just important to recognize all the potential variables and investigate them carefully--mostly to be sure all the crash's details are known, but also because every available fact is needed to get the victim all the help they deserve.
It usually takes more than police or news reports to do that, which is why I often suggest independent investigators with the time, tools, and training to look much closer than law enforcement typically does. With the evidence they find, victims and families whose lives are affected by these accidents are better able to get back on their feet.