• September 19, 2022

James Wilson Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on US-160 in Grant County, KS

Grant County, KS — September 17, 2022, 74-year-old James Wilson died in a collision between two semi-trucks on U.S. Highway 160 in Grant County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 p.m. on US-160 near mile marker 43. Preliminary investigation suggests Wilson was driving a Kenworth tractor-trailer west on the highway some distance behind a Peterbilt big rig operated by 39-year-old Vernal Lattimore.

According to news reports Lattimore slowed to turn onto State Route 190; Wilson allegedly failed to control his speed and rear-ended the Peterbilt's trailer.

Wilson suffered life-threatening injuries and was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Lattimore was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

James Wilson Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on US-160 in Grant County, KS

Commentary on James Wilson Accident in Grant County

News reports paint a picture in broad strokes of a truck driver failing to slow and ending up in an accident; while that kind of thing is behind many similar crashes, it's always important to investigate carefully and find out whether there's any more to the story.

Sometimes contributing factors to a collision are hard to detect during a police once-over at the scene. It may be tempting for some simply to blame a driver mistake like inattention or speeding, but the victim's truck could have lost control due to hitting a wet patch of road or a brake malfunction just as easily. Issues like those aren't as common as operator errors, but they certainly can't be ignored during a full investigation.

The bottom line is that only careful scrutiny can guarantee that the whole story is found. Jumping to conclusions or taking the few details currently available as the full gospel truth of the matter risks getting the story wrong and depriving the victim's family of both badly-needed answers and whatever help they should receive. Will police be careful here and ensure only the facts tell the story, or should independent experts make sure nothing slipped through the cracks?

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