• September 07, 2022

Emanuel Burgess Killed in Crossover Accident on Hwy 52 in Florence County, SC

Florence County, SC — September 6, 2022, 41-year-old Emanuel Burgess died in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Highway 52 in Florence County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:35 a.m. on Highway 52 near Sparrow Road and Scranton. Preliminary investigation suggests Burgess was driving a Chevy pickup south on the highway when he crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. The pickup then collided with a northbound Freightliner tractor-trailer.

Burgess suffered fatal injuries in the accident. The big rig driver was taken to an area hospital for unspecified injuries.

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

Commentary on Emanuel Burgess Accident in Florence County

Reports suggest the victim crossed left of center and triggered this accident, but there's still a lot of investigating to do before anyone can be sure. Officers' first impressions at the scene are often correct, but I've also seen cases where they missed the mark entirely.

I even saw a case recently in West Texas where police found a car and a truck crashed head-on in the truck's lane. They blame the car's driver for crossing left of center, but at his family's request we looked again and learned he was only there to escape the truck, which crossed over first. The truck driver fell asleep and drifted left of center, then woke up and swerved back into the victim's path. If we'd never looked, though, the wrong person would have continued to take the blame.

Emanuel Burgess Killed in Crossover Accident on Hwy 52 in Florence County, SC

I'm not saying anything like that happened near Scranton, but even if police are sure who crossed over there's still the question of why. What caused them to go left of center? Was it speeding? Was the driver distracted? Or did something unusual happen, like a medical emergency or a vehicle malfunction? Was the road wet or hazardous? Could or should the truck driver have done something differently to avoid the wreck?

I'm not out to argue with police findings or say I know more than the news conveys. It's just best to keep an open mind as the investigation continues. Things are rarely as straightforward as they first seem, so I often suggest that independent experts take a second look and make sure nothing vital was missed. At the very least the victim's family deserves to know they have the whole story; anything beyond that would depend on what is learned.

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