Two Injured in Semi-Trailer Accident on I-75 in Boone County, KY
Boone County, KY -- October 4, 2022, two people were injured after an accident where a semi-trailer hit their vehicle.
Investigators said that the incident happened just after midnight in the area of I-75 and Richwood Road, north of Walton.
Officials said that a 21-year-old and a 19-year-old were in a Subaru traveling northbound on the interstate. It appears their car stopped for unclear reasons before a tractor-trailer then crashed into it.
Due to the collision, the 19-year-old had to be airlifted from the scene. The 21-year-old's injuries were said to be minor. Additional details are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Semi-Trailer Accident on I-75 in Boone County
Something I saw in public statements was authorities saying the victims' vehicle stopped "just over the crest of a hill." When I look at the latest images of this stretch of road, however, I don't really see any hills that would pose any serious impairment to visibility--especially for a truck driver sitting much higher than the average motorist. So what was different about this crash?
There needs to be a serious look into why the truck driver was unable to see the car in time. For all we know, the victim's vehicle broke down suddenly and lost power, leaving it disabled and without lights. A truck driver likely wouldn't be able to avoid something like that. But if the victims simply slowed for traffic, had mechanical issues, stopped to avoid hitting something, or otherwise were well lit and visible, it's likely that investigations that a more responsible truck driver would have been able to avoid this collision.