Two Injured in Five-Vehicle Crash on Highway 38 near Reedsport, OR
Reedsport, OR — September 10, 2022, two people were hospitalized after a five-vehicle accident on State Highway 38 near Reedsport.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:15 p.m. along OR-38. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford dump truck was westbound on the highway, towing a flatbed trailer with a car loaded onto it. The truck's 65-year-old driver allegedly drifted onto the shoulder and then over-corrected, sending the truck out of control.
The flatbed trailer fishtailed and then jackknifed with the truck, then tipped over and dumped the loaded car into the side of the truck. An eastbound Dodge Ram then crashed into the driver's side of the dump truck and the fishtailing trailer sideswiped an eastbound car.
The dump truck and Dodge drivers were transported to an area hospital. The eastbound car's driver reportedly received minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Five-Vehicle Crash on OR-38 near Reedsport
If reports have their facts straight then it's pretty clear this matter will need a full investigation. Some may not see why; an unlicensed driver in a commercial truck lost control and caused a wreck--what more is there to say? Well, there's at least one more important question to answer: How did that driver get behind the wheel of a commercial truck to begin with?
There are a few possible answers to that. One is that he simply owns the truck and it's his personal vehicle, or he operates it independently and answers to no company higher-ups. Another is that he was actually licensed and this was all a misunderstanding. The more concerning possibilities, however, are 1) that a company knowingly allowed an unlicensed driver to drive for them, or 2) that they were so irresponsible that they didn't even check to see he was qualified before they put him behind the wheel.
The latter two scenarios can man such a would be on the hook for someone's injuries when that driver crashed, but there could still be more to the story. Ensuring the right parties face appropriate consequences could be a vital step toward preventing anyone else getting hurt by their negligence. If authorities don't look carefully enough to learn the whole story, will the victims really get the answers and help they deserve?