Thornton Woman Killed, Child Injured in Truck Accident on I-25 in Adams County, CO
Adams County, CO -- September 22, 2022, a Thornton woman was killed and a child was injured after an accident involving a tanker truck.
Investigators reported that the incident happened at around 11:00 a.m. along I-25 in the area of 84th Avenue.
It appears that a 34-year-old Thornton woman was in a Honda Accord traveling northbound along I-25. Somehow, the Honda crashed into the back of a commercial truck that was stopped on the shoulder due to a mechanical issue.
As a result of the collision, the woman was killed. A 7-year-old child in her vehicle had reportedly serious injuries.
Commentary on Fatal Truck Accident on I-25 in Adams County
I know people see someone rear-ending a stationary vehicle and they immediately blame that person. I know from experience, though, how important it is to let the facts speak for themselves. If evidence showed the victim was distracted, fatigued, or otherwise did something wrong, it would not be surprising. But it's also possible there were extenuating circumstances beyond her control which have yet to be brought to light.
One thing to consider, for example, is how and why the truck was stationary. A while back, I had a case involving a disabled truck, but our investigations found two big problems. One was that the truck driver did not put out cones as required, and the other was that the mechanical issue that stopped the truck was completely avoidable and only happened because the trucking company skipped necessary routine maintenance.
I'm not at all saying that happened here, but examples like that are a big reason that it gets under my skin when people immediately blame someone for a collision like this. We simply don't know all the facts, and it's best to ensure there are thorough investigations to get clear answers for the family no doubt torn apart by what happened here. Are those steps being taken?