• September 14, 2022

Fatality Reported in 18-Wheeler Overturn Crash on US-84 in Franklin County, MS

Meadville, MS — September 13, 2022, one person died when a tractor-trailer overturned on a bridge of U.S. Highway 84 in Franklin County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 a.m. on US-84 near the Five Star Food Mart exit. The cause and circumstances of the crash aren't yet clear, but reports say an 18-wheeler rolled onto its side and was found with part of its undercarriage hanging over the bridge's guardrail.

Investigators confirmed the accident caused at least one fatality.

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

Commentary on Truck Accident on US-84 in Franklin County

Accidents like this are often more complicated than they appear. People often feel that the person controlling the truck is responsible for losing that control, so a wreck like this--while indisputably tragic--falls on the driver. However, it's premature to assume that while there are still many unanswered questions: How did the driver lose control? Were they distracted? Did they fall asleep? Did they have a medical emergency? What were weather, traffic, and road conditions in the area? Was the truck in good condition? Could or should it have been designed differently to protect the driver better in a rollover?

Fatality Reported in 18-Wheeler Overturn Crash on US-84 in Franklin County, MS

I don't ask those questions to complicate things or point fingers. It's just important to recognize all the potential variables and investigate them carefully--mostly to be sure all the crash's details are known, but also because every available fact is needed to get the victim all the help they deserve.

It usually takes more than police or news reports to tell the whole story, which is why I often suggest independent investigators with the time, tools, and training to look much closer than law enforcement typically does. With the evidence they find, victims and families whose lives are affected by these accidents are better able to get back on their feet.

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