One Killed in Crossover Crash with Semi-Truck on US-14 in Richland County, WI
Richland County, WI — September 9, 2022, one person died in a head-on collision with a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 14 in Richland County.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 6:00 a.m. on US-14 near State Highway 58, in the area of Richland Center. Preliminary investigation and witness statements suggest a car was headed west on the highway when it allegedly drifted into the oncoming lane for unknown reasons. An approaching semi-truck swerved in an unsuccessful effort to avoid a head-on crash with the car.
The car's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was unhurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on US-14 Crossover Accident in Richland County
Nobody can say yet exactly how or why this accident happened, and in the absence of clear details it's best not to jump to any conclusions. When a driver crosses into oncoming traffic as allegedly happened here, people have an unfortunate tendency to assume that person did something wrong. Comment sections fill up with guesses about cell phones or falling asleep, blown tires and part failures, bad roads and low visibility, and many other possibilities, but only careful and thorough investigation could say whether any of those or something else entirely was to blame.
However, over the years I've found that law enforcement sometimes restricts its efforts to just the most common causes for these accidents. Those efforts still often find answers because a handful of factors account for the majority of collisions, but ignoring other possibilities means potentially blaming the wrong thing or person. That can be problematic for victims and families seeking real answers and help in the wake of these terrible crashes, which is why I often recommend that independent experts take another look and ensure nothing crucial was missed. The victim's loved ones deserve no less than the whole story.