• September 12, 2022

Michael Gammon Killed in Crossover Accident on Crash Road in Jay, ME

Jay, ME — September 7, 2022, 75-year-old Michael Gammon was injured in a head-on crash with a tractor-trailer on Crash Road in Jay.

Authorities say the incident happened Wednesday morning along Crash Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Gammon was driving a Nissan Frontier south on the road when he allegedly crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. The Nissan then collided head-on with a northbound Freightliner big rig.

Gammon suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to a Portland hospital. The truck driver declined medical treatment.

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

Commentary on Michael Gammon Accident in Jay

I've heard some people talk about crossover wrecks like they're simple--"Once you know who went left of center, that's that." However, few if any wrecks are settled that simply and a comprehensive investigation is almost always necessary. A case I had a while back shows why I so strongly believe that all the facts must be learned before conclusions are reached.

In that case police said a car crossed left of center and hit an 18-wheeler. When we looked again on the victim's behalf, though, forensic evidence told a completely different story: The 18-wheeler drifted left of center when the driver fell asleep, so the victim crossed over to avoid it. When the truck hit the rumble strips the driver jolted awake and veered back into their lane, putting them once again on a fatal collision course with the victim. Reports blamed the wrong person because police found both vehicles in the truck's lane.

Michael Gammon Killed in Crossover Accident on Crash Road in Jay, ME

I'm not saying anything like that happened in Maine, but even if police are sure who crossed over there's still the question of why. What caused him to go left of center? Was he speeding? Distracted? Or did something unusual happen, like a medical emergency or a vehicle malfunction? Was the road wet or hazardous? Could or should the truck driver have done something differently to avoid the wreck?

I'm not arguing with police or saying I know more than the news tells us. It's just best to keep an open mind as the investigation continues. Things are rarely as straightforward as they first seem, so I often suggest that independent experts take a second look and make sure police didn't miss anything on the first pass. At the very least the victim's family deserves to know they have the whole story; anything beyond that would depend on what is learned.

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