• October 06, 2022

Sean McKnight Killed, 2 Injured in Truck Accident on I-59 in Springville, AL

Springville, AL — October 5, 2022, 29-year-old Sean McKnight died when his box truck collided with an 18-wheeler on Interstate 59 in Springville.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:00 a.m. along I-59. Preliminary investigation suggests McKnight was driving a box truck down the highway when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. The truck crossed through the median into oncoming traffic and then collided head-on with a Freightliner tractor-trailer. After the trucks collided a Jeep Cherokee swerved to avoid them and crashed into a ditch in the median.

McKnight was pronounced dead at the scene. Reports say the 29-year-old truck driver Calvin Bell Jr. and the 58-year-old Jeep driver James Brown were injured but did not elaborate.

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

Commentary on Sean McKnight Accident on I-59 in Springville

Reports say the the man who lost his life in this crash crossed left of center, but right now there don't seem to be many insights about why that happened. Some may be inclined to jump to conclusions about driver mistakes like getting distracted or falling asleep at the wheel, but as always it's important to keep an open mind and only let the facts do the talking.

Speaking of the facts, it seems like investigators still have plenty of those to uncover. I'm concerned about exactly how deep police will go, however; I've seen more than a few instances where officers who had somewhere else to be rushed to conclusions and their reports were either incomplete or flat-out wrong. In many cases we had to investigate more carefully ourselves to uncover the truth--and find the evidence to prove it. Without those, victims and families affected by crashes like this are at a huge disadvantage if they seek the answers and help they deserve.

There's every chance police will find a simple explanation for the tragedy on I-59. It's when the explanation isn't simple that their efforts sometimes fall flat, which is why I often recommend a second look from independent experts to ensure all the blanks get filled in. The victims and their loved ones deserve no less than the whole story.

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