• October 03, 2022

One Killed in RV Crash with Semi-Truck on US-191 in Grand County, UT

Grand County, UT — September 28, 2022, a 67-year-old man died when his RV collided with a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 191 in Grand County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. along US-191 near the Hole ‘N’ the Rock tourist attraction, south of Moab. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Southwinds RV out of a rest area's parking lot and started to turn left onto southbound US-191. While turning the RV crossed into the path of a northbound Freightliner semi-truck that hit it on the driver's side.

The RV's driver died in the crash. The Freightliner driver was reportedly unhurt.

The driver of the RV was killed in the crash, while the driver of the semi-truck was not injured.

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

Commentary on RV Accident on US-191 in Washington County

I often stress the importance of keeping an open mind after any crash. Some likely feel that preliminary reports are pretty clear here, but I've seen crucial details omitted or overlooked too many times not to take them with a grain or two of salt.

In one recent case, for example, police blamed a driver for turning in front of an 18-wheeler "without cause," leading to a fatal crash. Her family didn't accept that and asked us to look again. We found some unusual details overlooked by authorities: There was a dense fog in the area at the time, the truck was traveling too fast for conditions, and its headlights might have been malfunctioning. All that put together is a recipe for dangerously-reduced visibility.

The Utah situation isn't identical to that, and I'm not accusing the truck driver there of doing anything wrong. The point is just that it's important to weigh all the potential variables instead of jumping to a conclusion and then refusing to budge. With that in mind the victims and their loved ones may be better served by independent investigations rather than waiting for police reports. At the very least they deserve to know that every effort was made to find the whole story.

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