Garland A. Roth Killed, Charles Griffith Injured in Truck, Tractor Accident in Poweshiek County, IA
Poweshiek County, IA -- October 3, 2022, Garland Roth was killed and Charles Griffith was injured in an accident with a semi and a tractor.
Authorities said they responded to the area of V18 Road just south of I-80 at around 6:00 p.m.
Investigators say that 68-year-old Garland Roth was in a semi-truck traveling along V18. In a series of events unclear, the truck crashed into the back of a tractor hauling a grain trailer. The driver of the tractor was said to be 72-year-old Charles Griffith.
Sources say that Roth sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Griffith was said to have minor injuries. Additional details are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Garland Roth, Charles Griffith Truck Accident in Poweshiek County
One of the biggest issues I address on this blog is people who jump to conclusions. There are all kinds of crashes where there is a likely explanation, but folks will simply take that explanation and move on. With a rear-end collision, the most common scenario is that the rear driver was on their phone, speeding, or following too closely. Are those the only possibilities? Of course not. The simple fact this apparently involved a farm vehicle makes it crucial to look into the whole story.
With farm vehicles, there are rules that most every state has regarding moving equipment on the roadways. Usually, tractors have to be as far right as possible, they need to have warning markers or lights, and they still need to follow other rules, such as yielding when appropriate.
Let's say, just for example, that a tractor pulls onto a highway from a side road moving extremely slowly, and they enter the path of a semi-truck. It's possible that a semi-truck driver would not have time to react and avoid hitting the tractor. Would that hypothetical driver be at fault simply because their vehicle hit the back of the tractor? Of course not. That would be ridiculous.
That's why these reports do little to actually explain what happened here. Mechanical issues, lack of visibility, worn tires, cell phone usage, failure to yield, improper lane usage, lack of lighting or warning signs, poor road design--likely or not, all possibilities warrant attention. If authorities aren't taking proper steps to get answers, then this situation would likely be better off in the hands of independent professionals who can ensure the victims' loved ones are getting the full story.