• September 14, 2022

Teenager Killed in Dump Truck Accident on US 14 in St. Mary Township, MN

St. Mary Township, MN -- September 12, 2022, a teenager was killed following an accident where a dump truck and a car collided on US 14.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 4:45 p.m. along Highway 14 at the intersection of County Road 17.

Authorities said that a 16-year-old girl was in a vehicle traveling westbound along the highway. From oncoming lanes, it appears that an eastbound dump truck attempted to turn left onto northbound CR-17. Doing so, the two vehicles collided.

St. Mary Township, MN Dump Truck Accident Kills Teen on US 14

The teenage girl was taken to a hospital where officials say she succumbed to her injuries. No other injuries were reported.

At this time, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Fatal Dump Truck Accident on US 14 in St. Mary Township

To be rather blunt, I see few situations like this where the truck driver didn't do something terribly wrong. The most up to date images of this intersection I can find show that any driver turning off the highway would have to yield to oncoming traffic. Unless there have been traffic lights or signs installed recently, it's challenging to say how this could have happened without the truck failing to yield. With that said, it's important folks only take conclusions like that as a stepping stone towards getting answers. Things are never as simple as people tend to think.

One of the biggest challenges victims and families can face is simply telling their side of the story. Let's say, for example, that a truck driver fails to yield and causes a serious crash. If folks just wait around for the authorities, they may find they're lacking a lot of crucial evidence. All of that room gives trucking company defense teams all the leverage they need to twist the facts and tip the scales in their favor.

Getting victims and families the help and the answers they need always needs to be a priority. That's why understanding these potential obstacles is a vital step forward after any serious crash. This can help families understand just how important thorough investigations and solid legal strategy can be when holding someone accountable for their hardships. Experience tells me the same will likely prove true here, as well.

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