• September 07, 2022

Clayton Morby, Ryan Oberhoffer Injured in Truck Accident on WI-80 near Platteville

Platteville, WI — September 1, 2022, Clayton Morby and Ryan Oberhoffer were injured in a three-truck accident on State Highway 80 near Platteville.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:25 a.m. on SH 80 at County Highway A. Preliminary investigation suggests Morby, 28, was eastbound on CH A when he allegedly ran a stop sign at the state highway intersection. His Ford F-550 entered the crossing and was hit by a southbound Freightliner truck driven by Oberhoffer, 23.

After the impact the Ford went airborne and knocked down a power pole, then landed on the banks of the Little Platte River. The semi-truck the jackknifed and came to rest on the east side of the road.

Morby was airlifted from the scene to a Madison hospital. Oberhoffer was taken by ambulance to a Platteville hospital. Both were said to be wearing seat belts when they collided.

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

Commentary on Clayton Morby, Ryan Oberhoffer Accident near Platteville

It's not clear why the victim might have failed to yield to the southbound big rig as reports suggest, but before anyone jumps to conclusions or points fingers it's important to consider the full context of the accident and its possible causes.

For example: Could the Ford have had some kind of mechanical or brake problem? What about any health problems that might have incapacitated the driver? Could something have blocked his view of approaching traffic? Was signage covered or missing at the intersection? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Does that area have a history of similar crashes? Is the intersection designed poorly? Setting aside right-of-way, could the commercial truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

Clayton Morby, Ryan Oberhoffer Injured in Truck Accident on WI-80 near Platteville

Despite how that last question may sound, I'm not trying to unfairly blame anyone--nor do I want to overcomplicate things. Many crashes aren't as simple as they might appear and crucial details are often overlooked or misunderstood. When someone gets seriously injured, it doesn't seem unfair to want a careful investigation into exactly how and why that happened. In the meantime he deserves the benefit of the doubt and all the help he deserves.

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