Alexander Johnson Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Somerset County, PA
Somerset County, PA -- September 9, 2022, Alexander Johnson was killed due to an accident where a tractor-trailer crashed.
Officials were called to the Wellersburg area along Route 160/Cumberland Highway at around 1:30 a.m.
Investigators said that 42-year-old Alexander Johnson was in a tractor-trailer traveling along the highway. It appears there may have been braking issues, and investigators believe that Johnson attempted to jump out of the careening vehicle. The truck ran -off-road and crashed, catching fire.
Details suggest that Johnson suffered fatal injuries in the accident. No one else was said to be involved. Right now, no further information is available.
Commentary on Alexander Johnson Tractor-Trailer Accident in Somerset County
One might wonder why someone would leap from a moving vehicle even if their brakes were out, but looking at the carnage of the crash scene, there's really no telling which option would have been safer. That's why it's so crucial to determine what led to this supposed brake failure and whether or not it could have been avoided.
To be rather blunt, brake failure is usually the result of misuse or poor maintenance. If a driver doesn't manage their brakes properly in hilly areas, for example, they can overheat and fail. Otherwise, if an employer is forcing drivers to operate truck which are little more than ticking time bombs, that company needs to be held accountable before more people get hurt.
And while it's relatively unlikely, a manufacturing defect is not out of the question. Manufacturers can make mistakes when building or assembling parts, and drivers can suffer the ultimately consequences without any chance to predict or avoid the issue. That, too, would be a continuing danger to the public until steps were taken to address it. One way or another, making sure this man's loved ones get answers may require far more thorough independent accident reconstructions than the authorities alone will be capable of.