• September 21, 2022

One Killed in Crossover Crash on State Highway 121 near Newberry, SC

Newberry, SC — September 21, 2022, one person died in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 121 new Newberry.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:40 a.m. on SC-121. Preliminary investigation suggests a big rig was traveling north on the highway as a Toyota Camry was headed south nearby. The Camry reportedly crossed left of center for unknown reasons and crashed head-on with the 18-wheeler.

The car's driver died in the collision. No other injuries were reported.

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

Commentary on Crossover Accident on SC-121 near Newberry

Reports suggest the victim crossed left of center and triggered this accident, but there's still a lot of investigating to do before anyone can be sure. Officers' first impressions at the scene are often correct, but I've also seen cases where they missed the mark entirely.

I even saw a case recently in West Texas where police found a car and a truck crashed head-on in the truck's lane and blamed the car's driver for crossing left of center. At his family's request we looked again and learned the truck driver fell asleep and drifted left of center first; he woke up when the truck hit the rumble strips and swerved back into the victim's path. Police found the vehicles in the truck's lane and wrongly blamed the victim, and it took a closer look to clear his name.

One Killed in Crossover Crash on State Highway 121 near Newberry, SC

I'm not saying anything like that happened near Newberry, but even if police are sure who crossed over there's still the question of why. What caused them to go left of center? Was it speeding? Was the driver distracted? Did something unusual happen, like a medical emergency or a vehicle malfunction? Was the road wet or hazardous? Could or should the truck driver have done something differently to avoid the wreck?

I'm not out to argue with police findings or say I know better. It's just best to keep an open mind as the investigation continues. Things are rarely as straightforward as they first seem, so I often suggest that independent experts take a second look and make sure nothing vital was missed. At the very least the victim's family deserves to know they have the whole story; anything beyond that would depend on what is learned.

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