Driver Killed in 18-Wheeler Crash on Interstate 5 in Dunsmuir, CA
Dunsmuir, CA — September 5, 2022, a 51-year-old truck driver died when his tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 5 in Dunsmuir.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 10:45 a.m. on I-5 near the central Dunsmuir Avenue off-ramp. Preliminary investigation suggests the truck was towing a trailer north on the roadway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck drifted off the road and ran down a steep embankment, hit several trees, and came to rest on the off-ramp.
The driver died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Dunsmuir Truck Accident on I-5
People are sometimes surprised when I say accidents like this are more complicated than they appear. The general line of thinking is that the person controlling the truck is responsible for losing that control, so a wreck like this--however tragic--is the driver's responsibility. However, it's a little premature to assume that as there are still other potential factors to consider.
To that end there are still many lingering questions to answer: How'd the driver lose control? Were they distracted? Did they fall asleep? Did they have an incapacitating medical issue? Was the truck in good condition? What were weather and traffic like in the area? Was the roadway hazardous somehow?
I don't ask those questions to complicate things or point fingers. It's just important to recognize all the potential issues and investigate them carefully--mostly to be sure all the crash's details are known, but also because every available fact is needed to get the victim's loved ones the help they deserve.
It usually takes more than police or news reports to do that, which is why I often suggest independent investigators with the time, tools, and training to look much closer than law enforcement typically does. With the evidence they find, victims and families whose lives are affected by these accidents are better able to get back on their feet.