• September 09, 2022

George Klein Killed in 18-Wheeler/Tractor Crash on Iowa 60 near Ashton

Ashton, IA — September 7, 2022, 84-year-old George Klein was killed when a tractor-trailer hit his farm tractor on State Highway 60 near Ashton.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:35 p.m. on Highway 50 near 250th Street, around a mile south of town. Preliminary investigation suggests Klein was driving a farm tractor north on the highway when he was hit from behind by an International 18-wheeler carrying an oversized load.

Klein was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, 22-year-old Tyler Gisk, was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on George Klein Accident in Osceola County

Most of the time an 18-wheeler crashes into slow or stopped traffic (even vehicles that can't help but move slowly like tractors) because the truck driver messed up. News reports don't say that and I'm not pointing fingers, just acknowledging statistics: Sleepy, speeding, and inattentive truck drivers are behind most wrecks with details like the one near Ashton.

Of course neither the driver nor his employer are required to agree with that. Instead I'd expect to see arguments and attempts to pass the buck anywhere it might stick: The tractor turned or changed lanes into the big rig's path, it took up too much of the northbound road, or it was somehow hard to see are all directions I could see a company taking if it had to justify what happened before a jury. It may seem heartless to blame the victim, but defense attorneys are rarely shy about doing what they must.

George Klein Killed in 18-Wheeler/Tractor Crash on Iowa 60 near Ashton

The best way to overcome all those denials and deflections is to conduct a careful and thorough investigation that finds evidence to refute them. By learning the true story and finding the proof to back it up, victims are often able to close any "escape routes" a company might try to argue its way free of responsibility. Without taking those steps many people have been rudely disappointed to see an at-fault trucking company walk away without making things right.

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