• September 22, 2022

One Killed, Two Injured in Crash on Highway 27 near Monticello, MS

Monticello, MS — September 20, 2022, one person died and two were injured in a three-vehicle crash on State Highway 27 near Monticello.

Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday afternoon along Highway 27. Preliminary investigation suggests only that two passenger vehicles collided for unknown reasons in the roadway and an 18-wheeler clipped one vehicle after primary impact.

Responders found three victims at the scene--one entrapped, one ejected, and one partially ejected. One of the three was pronounced dead at the scene and two others were airlifted to an area hospital.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Auto Accident on MS-27 near Monticello

There isn't a lot of clear information yet about how exactly this crash happened or what caused it, but considering its tragic aftermath a careful investigation is obviously in order.

To find the clear facts that tell the whole story police should look into many possible factors:

  • Operator errors like distraction, speeding, or failure to yield;
  • Problems or defects in the vehicles involved;
  • Road conditions and design;
  • Visibility, lighting and sightlines;
  • Inclement weather;
  • Any other traffic in the area; and
  • Whether the 18-wheeler could or should have avoided the crash scene.
One Killed, Two Injured in Crash on Highway 27 near Monticello, MS

Checking all those potential issues and others is important, and until more dots are connected it's best not to prematurely guess what picture they'll make. Of course police also might not complete that picture before wrapping up, depending on whether they have the time and resources to really get to the bottom of the accident.

After major accidents--particularly ones involving commercial trucks--I often suggest a second look by independent experts to better ensure the whole truth is found. Whatever is learned, those affected deserve to know that no stone was left unturned to find answers.

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