Arlene Towler Killed in Truck Accident on US-10 in St. Cloud, MN
St. Cloud, MN — October 4, 2022, 94-year-old Arlene Towler died in a collision with a semi-truck on Voyageur Highway (US-10) in St. Cloud.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of US-10 and 42nd Street. Preliminary investigation suggests 93-year-old James Towler was driving a sedan east on 42nd when he started to cross through the lanes of Highway 10. As it passed through the crossroads the sedan was hit by a passing semi-truck.
Arlene Towler, a passenger in the sedan, suffered fatal injuries in the wreck. James Towler and the truck driver were reportedly unhurt. All three involved people were said to have had their seat belts on.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Arlene Towler Accident in St. Cloud
If reports are accurate then it's not clear why the victims didn't wait for the truck to pass, but rather than jumping to any conclusions about that it's important to consider all the possible explanations: Did the sedan have mechanical or brake problems? Was the driver in good health, or could a medical issue have caused him to lose control? Did something block his view of the approaching big rig? Was signage present and clear at the intersection? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Is there a history of similar crashes in that area? Is the intersection designed poorly? Could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision?
I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or point fingers; unusual factors are just sometimes overlooked during preliminary investigations. For instance, recently in West Texas someone allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler. Reports and police blamed the victim for running the sign, but we found out later the intersection didn't even have signs at the time because road-construction crews removed them. The victim didn't even know they had to stop, but until that fact was learned they were unfairly blamed.
It's unlikely that exact thing happened in Minnesota, but many crashes aren't as simple as they might appear and crucial details are often overlooked or misunderstood. Will police be thorough enough to get the whole story for the victim's loved ones?