• September 08, 2022

Woman Killed, Child Injured in Truck/Minivan Accident on I-15 in Tremonton, UT

Tremonton, UT — September 6, 2022, a 27-year-old woman died and a child was injured when a minivan was rear-ended by a semi-truck in Tremonton.

Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday evening along Interstate 15. Preliminary investigation suggests the victims were in a Ford Freestar minivan traveling north on the highway at speeds alleged to be "well below the posted 80 mph limit." As the van headed north it was rear-ended by a Freightliner semi-truck in the roadway. After the impact the van spun off the road and rolled over.

All the van's six occupants were taken to hospitals, where the 27-year-old woman later died. A 3-year-old boy was airlifted to another hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The other victims were either unhurt or had minor injuries.

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

Commentary on Truck/Van Accident on I-15 in Tremonton

One particular detail of this accident stands out to me: The van was supposedly traveling well below the speed limit when the truck hit it, but why? Why was it going so slowly? Did it have some kind of malfunction? Was the driver aware of how slowly he was going? If not, why not?

More troubling than the van's reduced speed, however, is the semi-truck plowing into it. If the van was moving slowly on the road, why didn't the truck driver slow down or --far more likely--pass it? Was the van clearly visible? Were its lights on? What about the truck's? Was the truck driver awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings? If not, why not?

One Killed, One Injured when Semi-Truck Hits Minivan on I-15 in Tremonton, UT

It's far too early in the investigation to point fingers or jump to conclusions, and I'm not doing either. It just concerns me that news reports focus so much on the van and its driver but gloss over the part where a big rig crashed into it without a clear explanation. A woman lost her life and a child was seriously hurt in that crash, and it seems only right to me that someone get to the bottom of that. Will police take the time and care needed to do so, or should someone else take a closer look?

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