• September 21, 2022

One Killed, 16 Injured in 3-Vehicle Crash on State Route 60 in Osceola County, FL

Osceola County, FL — September 21, 2022, one person died and sixteen were injured in a three-vehicle crash involving a bus and a semi-truck in Osceola County.

Authorities say the incident happened just after 6:00 a.m. along State Route 60 at Peavine Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a pickup truck was westbound when it tried to pass another vehicle by crossing left of center. It collided with an eastbound box truck, after which the box truck was hit from behind by a bus carrying inmates from a local prison to a work-release program.

Investigators confirmed that a passenger in the pickup truck died in the wreck; the pickup driver and the box truck driver were airlifted from the scene to hospitals for treatment of serious injuries. Fourteen of the 23 bus passengers were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

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

One Killed, 16 Injured in 3-Vehicle Crash on State Route 60 in Osceola County, FL

Commentary on 3-Vehicle Accident on SR 60 in Osceola County

It seems from reports like the pickup truck driver is suspected of triggering this crash with a poorly-timed passing maneuver. I have no reason to doubt that, but at the same time I wonder if there's more to the story. Reports mentioned conditions were dark and foggy at the time, for example, which could be a recipe for limited visibility. Did that play a part? Only further close investigation could say for sure.

Here's where I get concerned, though: While law enforcement does important (and too often thankless) work, their job isn't really to fill in every last blank on the crash victims' behalf. They show up to find out if laws were broken, and while that usually involves putting together a rough timeline of events they rarely dig deep enough to get victims real answers--to say nothing of the evidence they need to hold someone responsible.

That's why after most accidents, particularly those involving commercial vehicles like trucks or buses, I recommend involving independent experts. Professionals with the time, tools, and training to fully explain what happened can be invaluable allies if victims and families want the whole truth of a wreck--as well as proper accountability from who- or whatever caused it.

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