One Killed, One Injured in Semi-Truck Crossover Crash on I-70 near Knightstown, IN
Knightstown, IN — September 20, 2022, one person died and another was injured when two semi-trucks collided on Interstate 70 near Knightstown.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:00 a.m. along I-70 near mile marker 116. Preliminary investigation suggests a westbound semi-truck crossed through the median for unknown reasons and entered the oncoming lanes where it collided with an eastbound semi-truck.
The westbound driver died in the crash. The eastbound driver was taken to a Richmond hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-70 near Knightstown
Reading the early news reports about this accident, some may be inclined to interpret them as saying the westbound truck driver made a serious and deadly error by crossing into the oncoming lanes. However, it's worth noting that those same reports can't shed any light on why that happened. Did the driver actually make an avoidable mistake, like taking his eyes off the road or losing control at too high a speed? Or could there be more factors at work here--things harder to detect in a standard police once-over?
Issues like road and weather conditions, visibility, vehicular failures or defects, and other traffic in the area must all be carefully considered to be sure the conclusions reached are the correct ones. Unfortunately in many cases it's all too easy for people--police among them--to find a "good enough" explanation and look no further. If there's any doubt or confusion about the narrative (which happens all the time), it may be best for independent investigators to take another look and fill in any remaining blanks.