• September 27, 2022

Truck Driver Killed in Fiery 18-Wheeler Crash on US-6 in Utah County, UT

Utah County, UT — September 26, 2022, a truck driver died in a fiery single-vehicle crash along U.S. Highway 6 in Utah County.

Authorities say the incident happened early Monday along US-6 in Spanish Fork Canyon. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the truck was traveling along the roadway and entered a curved downhill grade, when it went out of control for unknown reasons. It crashed through a concrete barrier lining the road, slid along it for roughly 300 feet, then rolled down the embankment on the other side. At the bottom the truck's cab and trailer caught fire.

The truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further information is currently available.

Truck Driver Killed in Fiery 18-Wheeler Crash on US-6 in Utah County, UT

Commentary on 18-Wheeler Accident on US-6 in Utah County

A common opinion I encounter is that most solo wrecks are the driver's fault for one reason or another. Texting, falling asleep, speeding, or other reckless behavior are often blamed by people looking for a simple explanation. However, pointing fingers that way is unfair as the facts are still coming together.

Plenty of other factors--things out of the driver's control--could have played parts as well. Poor road conditions or too steep a curve/grade in the canyon could have sent the truck off-course, for example, or it could have blown a tire as it traveled. That's just a couple of many possible alternate explanations, each of which must be carefully evaluated.

If the crash truly couldn't have been avoided, there's still the lingering question of whether its aftermath had to be as bad as it was. People don't always realize that some commercial truck accidents are far worse than they realistically must be due to poor truck design that the industry refuses to improve upon. Click the image below to learn more.

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Because this is a legal blog people sometimes think I'm just looking for as many "bad guys" as possible, but that's never the real point. A man died while doing his job, and it's only right to find out how and why that tragedy unfolded. Further investigation might show he just made a momentary but costly mistake, but it could also show his fatal injuries were due to someone else's negligence. If that's true then they should be held accountable for their part in what happened and a family's terrible loss.

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