Travis Hoffine Killed in Truck Accident in Custer, WI
Custer, WI -- September 27, 2022, Travis Hoffine was killed following an accident where two semi-trucks collided on the highway.
Officials responded to the 7400 block of US 10 (Vietnam War Veterans Memorial Highway) at around 12:30 p.m.
In statements, authorities said they believe that the collision happened as 51-year-old Travis Hoffine was in a semi-truck traveling eastbound. Another truck was exiting a business onto highway lanes when Hoffine's vehicle crashed into the other semi. One of the trucks then caught on fire.
Hoffine sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. The other truck driver, identified as Daniel Gruse, was said to have minor injuries.
At this time, no further information is available.
Commentary on Travis Hoffine Truck Accident in Custer
There are some important details I haven't seen mentioned yet, and those could be crucial in getting the victim's loved ones some much needed answers. Particularly, two factors that likely warrant further investigations are the truck turning onto the highway and the fact wreckage caught fire.
First of all, a truck turning onto a highway may not have the right-of-way, but that doesn't immediately mean they did something wrong. If that truck had plenty of room and was getting up to speed appropriately, then finding out why the victim couldn't avoid the truck would be an important step forward. But those details sometimes turn out to be that truck actually cutting someone off. If the victim could not have reasonably slowed down or avoided the other truck, then why did that truck driver enter the highway when they did? Could it be they weren't paying enough attention to cross traffic?
Secondly, if the victim's truck is the one that caught fire, why did that happen? A serious crash can naturally result in a fire simply due to all the carnage and flammable substances that can leak due to a collision. Sometimes, though, a commercial truck catches fire because the manufacturer was lazy and put the fuel tanks in a location which left them unreasonably exposed. Is that something being looked into here?
One way or another, there were likely ways this al could have been avoided. Who failed to avoid it and why is where investigations will be crucial going forward. If authorities aren't getting clear answers about what happened here, then perhaps there should be more thorough investigations from independent accident reconstructionists.