Richard and Phyllis Webb Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Highway 17 near Boone, IA
Boone, IA — September 7, 2022, 78-year-old Richard Webb and 77-year-old Phyllis Webb were injured in a crash with a semi-truck east of Boone.
Authorities say the incident happened around noon at T Avenue (State Highway 17) and 190th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Richard Webb was driving an SUV west on 190th when he allegedly failed to stop at the highway intersection. As the SUV crossed IA-17 it was hit by a northbound tractor-trailer. After the impact the vehicles ran into the west ditch and the big rig overturned.
Richard and Phyllis Webb were seriously injured in the crash and were transported to area hospitals. The truck driver was reportedly unhurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Richard and Phyllis Webb Accident near Boone
It's not clear why the victims might have failed to yield to the northbound big rig as reports suggest, but before anyone jumps to conclusions or points fingers it's important to consider the full context of the accident. What if there's more to the story than a simple driver mistake?
For example: Could the SUV have had some kind of mechanical or brake problem? What about any health problems that might have incapacitated the driver? Could something have blocked his view of approaching traffic? Was signage covered or missing at the intersection? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Does that area have a history of similar crashes? Is the intersection designed poorly somehow? Setting aside right-of-way, could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?
Despite how that last question may sound, I'm not trying to unfairly blame anyone--nor do I want to overcomplicate things. Many crashes just aren't as simple as the news makes them sound and crucial details are sometimes overlooked or misunderstood. When someone gets seriously injured like this, it doesn't seem unfair to want a careful investigation into exactly how and why that happened. In the meantime it's best to reserve judgment and focus on how best to help the victims.