Joyce and William Glaesemann Killed in Morrill County, NE Truck Accident on Link 62A
Morrill County, NE — September 27, 2022, Joyce and William Glaesemann died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Link 62A in Morrill County.
Authorities say the incident happened around noon along Link 62A. Preliminary investigation suggests Joyce and William Glaesemann were in a Subaru Forester traveling west on the roadway when they passed an 18-wheeler and then reportedly slowed to make a left turn. The truck driver was unable to avoid the Subaru and crashed into the back of it.
Joyce Glaesemann, 74, and William Glaesemann, 75, both died in the collision. The truck driver received non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Joyce and William Glaesemann Accident in Morrill County
News reports paint a picture of the victims possibly making a risky choice after passing the truck and tragedy following close behind. Maybe that's the case and there's little else to say, but long experience has taught me it's best to try and find out whether anything else--maybe something harder to detect during a basic police once-over--was involved.
For instance, are investigators absolutely sure of the crash's events--that the victims passed the truck and then braked to turn? Is it possible something else happened or could other variables have influenced the wreck? How fast were both vehicles traveling? How far apart were they when the car slowed to turn? Was the truck driver's full attention on the road ahead? What were weather, road, and visibility conditions like at the time?
I want to be clear that I don't know more than reports currently say, and despite how the above questions may come across I am making no accusations. People sometimes just make bad choices in the moment and that can have devastating results. Maybe that's really all that happened here. My point isn't to argue with police findings, just that it's important to keep an open mind and consider all the possibilities rather than zeroing in immediately on a plausible story and refusing to budge. A full investigation should be conducted to ensure nothing has been overlooked. At the very least, the victims' loved ones deserve to know they have the whole story.