Jerry Curtis Green Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Oconee County, SC
Oconee County, SC -- October 2, 2022, Jerry Curtis Green was killed after an accident where a fuel truck overturned off-road.
Investigations indicated that the incident happened at around 6:15 p.m. along US Highway 76 in the area of Spy Rock Road, just outside Westminster.
Officials say that 54-year-old Jerry Curtis Green was in an 18-wheeler hauling fuel when the truck somehow ran off-road and overturned in an embankment.
Due to the crash, Green sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Jerry Curtis Green 18-wheeler Accident in Oconee County
It no doubt sounds pretty obvious when I address crashes like this and say it's important to find out the cause of the crash. What's less obvious, though, is when I say investigators need to determine the cause of the injuries. What's the difference there?
Let me give an example. One thing more experienced investigators would consider in these situations is how well or how poorly the victim's truck withstood the rollover. If this could have been survivable and relatively minor, then it's possible the victim died not due to the crash but rather due to the truck's manufacturer failing to build a truck up to modern standards.
I'm not saying that happened here, of course, but it's one of many factors victims and families should ensure get attention from experienced investigators. Are those steps being taken here?