• October 12, 2022

Sandra Thomas Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-59 in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, AL — October 11, 2022, 74-year-old Sandra Thomas died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 59 in Birmingham.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:30 a.m. along northbound I-59 at the ramp toward I-20 east. The cause and circumstances of the wreck aren't clear yet, but reports say Thomas was driving a passenger vehicle that somehow collided with an 18-wheeler in the area.

Thomas suffered fatal injuries in the crash. A passenger in the car received minor injuries; the truck driver was reportedly unhurt.

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

Sandra Thomas Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-59 in Birmingham, AL

Commentary on Sandra Thomas Accident in Birmingham

It's not unusual for there to be few clear details so soon after a crash, but it's important to ensure the situation is taken seriously and investigated carefully; I'm sure most would agree that the loss of a woman's life is more than enough reason for that. Quite frankly, ensuring the right attention is paid to an accident often means getting the work into the hands of experienced independent professionals rather than just waiting for a police report.

As dedicated and skilled as some officers are, they're also at the mercy of their departments' limited resources, understaffing, and competing priorities. That means they often don't have the training, time, or equipment to properly investigate an accident. Important details then slip through the cracks, which can be hugely problematic for victims and families in search of answers and help. That's why I try to help people understand what must be looked for and who may do the best job of seeking it out on their behalf.

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