• September 28, 2022

One Killed, One Injured in Tanker Truck Crash on US-40 in Strawberry, UT

Strawberry, UT — September 26, 2022, one person died and another was injured in a crash with a tanker truck on U.S. Highway 40 in Strawberry.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday along US-40 near Starvation Reservoir. Preliminary investigation suggests the victims were in a car and were turning from Strawberry Marina onto the westbound freeway. As the car turned an eastbound tanker semi-truck passed through and crashed into it.

The car's female driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Its male passenger suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to a hospital. The truck driver was unhurt.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

One Killed, One Injured in Tanker Truck Crash on US-40 in Strawberry, UT

Commentary on Truck Accident on US-40 in Strawberry

While early news reports seem to paint a fairly clear picture of a failure to yield in Strawberry, I can't stress enough how important it is not to jump to any conclusions. Folks see details like the ones above and think the crash, while tragic, seems to boil down largely to a mistake on the victim's part. Despite how often those errors cause serious collisions, it's still important to consider other possibilities--even if they may seem unlikely. That's where police sometimes come up short.

Not long ago, for example, I worked on a wreck where police said a woman turned into a big rig's path seemingly without cause. That vague story was considered the whole truth for weeks until we were asked to take another look by her family. Our investigators found out it was foggy at the time, the 18-wheeler was going too fast for conditions, and the truck's filthy headlights were far too dim. Put together it was a recipe for severely-reduced visibility--a far departure from the "who knows" explanation police jotted down in their reports.

I'm not saying fog or a dirty truck were involved in Utah, but the people affected by this wreck deserve to know they're getting the full story--especially if the whole truth might reveal ways to get them some much-needed help. Police accounts alone just may not be enough.

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