Curtis Baker Killed, Steven Dupper Injured in Truck Accident on US 12 in Edmunds County, SD
UPDATE (September 14, 2022): Recent details have identified the drivers involved in the crash. 47-year-old Curtis Baker was said to be the driver of the westbound semi-truck who sustained fatal injuries. The other driver was identified as 59-year-old Steven Dupper. Additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Edmunds County, SD -- September 7, 2022, one person was killed and one was injured following an accident involving a semi-truck on US 12.
Details indicated that the crash took place at around 11:30 a.m. along US 12 at 330th Avenue.
According to officials, a semi-truck was driving along westbound US 12. At 330th Avenue, police say that a straight truck "failed to stop," resulting in a crash with the semi-truck.
Due to the collision, the semi-truck driver sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the straight truck was said to have minor injuries. At this time, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Curtis Baker, Steven Dupper Truck Accident in Edmunds County
I'm curious to know just exactly what the size disparity of these two vehicles is. A "semi-truck" and a "straight truck" can be just about the same size, which is why a truck driver wouldn't really be as protected in such a collision compared to a crash with a smaller vehicle. With that said, it's concerning to see that one person was killed while the other person supposedly was more or less okay. What exactly made this crash fatal, then? Was it just bad luck, or did something else happen?
Did the semi overturn off-road? Was there a seatbelt failure? Did a fire break out? I understand to some it may seem like these questions miss the point. Officials say another truck driver ran a stop sign and caused this crash. Why not blame them? Well, first of all, I'm not going to blame anyone without seeing evidence for myself. But even if these claims are true, it should be obvious to just about anyone that a truck driver making a mistake and getting someone killed needs to be held accountable along with their employer. But what separates someone with 30 years of experience with truck wrecks and someone without that experience is knowing that the easy answer is not necessarily the full story.
I know from experience how important it is to ensure families are getting all the facts. Maybe this truly is as simple as a single driver being reckless. However, it could also be that other unusual factors led to a man losing his life. One way or another, it's important to let the evidence speak for itself and to ensure experienced professionals who know what to look for get that evidence as soon as possible.