• October 05, 2022

Truck Driver Killed in Crash with Train on Salters Hill Rd in Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC — October 4, 2022, a truck driver died after being hit by a train on tracks along Salters Hill Road in Charleston.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. on the tracks across Salters Hill near Drayton Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the truck driver may have tried to go around lowered railroad-crossing arms when the truck was hit by a train passing through. The train then pushed the truck roughly a half-mile down the tracks before coming to rest.

The truck driver suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Charleston Truck/Train Accident on Salters Hill

Statistically most collisions with trains are found to have been due to some mistake on the part of the drivers that crossed their path, which may be the case here too if police are right about the truck driver trying to go around the train crossing arms. However, it's still important to investigate carefully and find out if there's more to the story.

It may be tempting just to blame an impatient driver, but what if something unusual happened? Was anything wrong with the truck's brakes that kept it from stopping? Did it lose traction on a bad patch of road near the stop? Did the driver have some kind of incapacitating medical episode? Were the arms fully lowered at the crossing, or did they start to drop as the truck passed through? How far away was the train when the truck entered its path? A moving train can't exactly stop on a dime, but could its operators have done anything differently?

Truck Driver Killed in Crash with Train on Salters Hill Rd in Charleston, SC

I don't mean to overcomplicate things or point fingers; like anyone else, I just want more answers than a few sentences in the news can provide. Maybe further investigation will confirm a simple explanation, but the victim's loved ones deserve nothing less than the whole truth. Will police take the time and care needed to get that for them?

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