• September 09, 2022

Carol James Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Greenvale Township, MN

Greenvale Township, MN -- September 6, 2022, Carol James was killed after an accident where a car and a semi-truck collided.

Preliminary details said that the incident took place at around 2:30 p.m. along County Road 23 in the area of 307th Street.

Officials said that 82-year-old Carol James was in a 2020 Buick traveling southbound on County Road 23 when the vehicle somehow crossed paths and collided with a northbound FedEx semi-trailer.

Due to the crash, James sustained fatal injuries. It's unclear if anyone else was hurt. Investigations continue.

Commentary on Carol James Semi-Truck Accident in Greenvale Township

When it comes to a deadly truck wreck like this, one of the most important tools a family can have is evidence. I understand that may sound pretty obvious, but getting that evidence is usually the most significant barrier. Folks tend to assume authorities will have all the answers in time, but I know from experience this is not always true.

Carol James Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Greenvale Township, MN

I'll give a perfect example. Not long ago, I handled a situation in which a driver reportedly veered into oncoming traffic and hit a semi head-on. The family just wanted to be sure they were getting the full story knowing full well that our investigations might simply confirm what police already knew. As often as I've had to give that sort of news, this was not one of those times.

Evidence actually showed that the semi drifted across the center line, so the victim swerved left to avoid it. The truck veered back into its original lane, though, and the vehicles collided. Had there not been a proper investigations from experienced independent professionals, those details may never have seen the light of day. Fortunately, that family had the foresight to ensure they were getting all the facts, and that one step made all the difference.

Just to be clear, I don't bring up that example to imply that a similar oversight happened here. Like I said, I've had to tell families in the past that police already know everything there is to know. But at the same time, it's usually best to exercise an abundance of caution. Someone lost their life. It shouldn't be too far to expect their loved ones at least know they're getting the full story.

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