• September 28, 2022

Bridgette Arrah, Infant Killed in Crash with Box Truck on US-222 in East Cocalico Township, PA

UPDATE (September 30, 2022): Sources have identified the victims who died in this accident as 76-year-old Bridgette Arrah and an 8-month-old baby girl.

East Cocalico Township, PA — September 27, 2022, two people died and another was injured when a car and a commercial truck crashed on Highway 222 in Lancaster County.

Authorities say the incident happened on US-222 near mile marker 43.2. Preliminary investigation suggests the sedan may have struck the rear of the stopped box truck, though it's unclear at this point why the truck was stopped or why the car ran into it.

Two passengers were ejected from the car in the collision; one died at the scene and the other died a short time later at an area hospital. A third occupant of the car was taken to the same hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Bridgette Arrah Accident in East Cocalico Twp

The idea that a rear-end crash is always the rear driver's fault, without exception, is one of the most common misconceptions I run into. Investigators do often find that person did something wrong like speeding, distraction, or following too closely, but that's not universally true. Clearly with as few clear facts as reports can give about this incident it's much too soon to point any fingers.

That's why it's important to look carefully and consider all the possible variables. For instance, what's visibility like in that area? If the box truck was stopped as reports say, how long was it stopped there before the car came along? Were both in proper working order--brakes, steering, lights, safety measures? Did the truck driver change lanes or brake suddenly just ahead of the car? Was the car's driver awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings? If not, why not? Could witnesses, the injured person from the car, or footage from any nearby cameras shed any more light on things?

Bridgette Arrah, Kimberly Babila Killed in Crash with Box Truck on US-222 in East Cocalico Township, PA

I don't want to overcomplicate this or make any accusations. I'm only saying what I always do: When people are hurt or killed in these accidents, it's critical to invest the time and resources to understand exactly how and why that happened. Closer scrutiny might find or confirm a simple explanation, but only after others are considered can anyone be sure. In the meantime the victims deserve the benefit of the doubt.

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