• September 26, 2022

Jose Lorenzana, James Krueger Injured in Truck Accident at CR N and CR P in Rubicon, WI

Rubicon, WI — September 22, 2022, truck drivers Jose Lorenzana and James Krueger were injured when their trucks collided in a Dodge County intersection.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:45 a.m. at the crossing of county roads N and P in Rubicon. Preliminary investigation suggests Lorenzana was driving a FedEx delivery truck west on County N when he stopped at the County P intersection. He pulled forward but allegedly failed to yield to a southbound Western Star truck carrying milk. The two trucks crashed in the intersection, spilling close to 6,000 gallons of milk from the tanker onto the roadway.

Lorenzana and milk truck driver Krueger suffered unspecified injuries in the wreck and were taken to an area hospital.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jose Lorenzana, James Krueger Crash in Rubicon

Reports paint a picture of one truck driver failing to yield to the other at the intersection. Maybe things are really as simple as a momentary error, but at the same time I've learned over the years that few wrecks--particularly ones involving commercial trucks--really boil down that easily. To make sure the whole truth is learned and everyone is (perhaps inescapably) on the same page, it's best to consider all the possible factors.

For example: Could the FedEx truck have had some kind of mechanical or brake problem that kept it from stopping? Could something have incapacitated the driver? Did anything block his view of the approaching milk truck? Was signage covered, illegible, or missing at the intersection? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been factors? Is the intersection designed poorly? Setting aside right-of-way, could the milk truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

Jose Lorenzana, James Krueger Injured in Truck Accident at CR N and CR P in Rubicon, WI

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or unfairly point any fingers. I just know from long experience that people (including authorities) may be tempted to seek the simplest explanation and look no further, even though that means sometimes missing important details. When someone is seriously injured in an accident, though, it's only right to want a careful investigation into how and why that happened. In the meantime it's best not to jump to any conclusions and focus instead on how best to help the two injured drivers.

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