Larry Bamsey Killed in Fiery Truck Crash on I-35 near Albert Lea, MN
Albert Lea, MN — September 15, 2022, 64-year-old truck driver Larry Dean Bamsey died in a fiery single-vehicle crash on Interstate 35 in Freeborn Township.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 p.m. on northbound I-35, south of Albert Lea near the Iowa/Minnesota border. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was driving a semi-truck north when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck ran into a guardrail and caught fire.
The driver suffered fatal injuries in the wreck.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Larry Bamsey Accident on I-35 near Albert Lea
Reports pretty much say only that a big rig crashed here, but don't have much insight yet about why. Many possible explanations, from driver mistakes to environmental factors to vehicle malfunctions, must be evaluated to learn the whole story.
Speaking of details that need scrutiny, one thing jumps out at me from early reports: After the crash with the guardrail the truck caught fire. That's a troublingly-common issue big rigs face in crashes, and it's often due to the placement and design of their "saddle"-style fuel tanks.
Because of their exposed placement at the sides of the truck, there's little protecting those thin metal tanks from rupturing during a collision. An 18-wheeler crash is bad enough without becoming a fiery one, yet truck manufacturers have shown little interest in re-evaluating how the tanks are made or whether there's a better location to attach them. Click the link below to read more.