• October 12, 2022

Craig Shively Killed, Paul Guinther Injured in Truck Accident in Van Wert, OH

Van Wert, OH -- October 11, 2022, Craig Shively was killed and Paul Guinther was injured following an accident where two trucks crashed.

Authorities were called to the area of US 224 and Dull Robinson Road at around 4:30 p.m.

Craig Shively Killed, Paul Guinther Injured in Truck Accident in Van Wert, OH

Initial statements indicated that 63-year-old Craig Shively was in a truck headed eastbound on US 224. While doing so, authorities believe his vehicle may have gone into oncoming traffic where it crashed head-on with a semi-truck. The driver of the semi was identifed as 67-year-old Paul Guinther.

Due to the collision, the semi caught fire. Shively ultimately succumbed to fatal injuries while Guinther was flown to a hospital for treatment.

Right now, no additional details are available.

Commentary on Craig Shively, Paul Guinther Truck Accident in Van Wert

One of the reasons I'm always so adamant about independent investigators is that authorities do not always have the time, tools, or training to consider all possible contributing factors. They know to look into most common possibilities--distraction, speeding, fatigue, etc. But what about other, less common contributing factors? Let me give an example.

Reports here say that the wreckage caught fire. Now, that could mean a lot of things, but it's important to clarify if the severity of the victims' injuries was due to the crash itself or the resulting fire. This is because it's not always reasonable for semi-trucks to catch fire. It often occurs due to negligent placement of the fuel tanks by the manufacturer. If authorities don't look into that, how can anyone be sure they're getting the full story? The article below helps to shed more light on this possible factor.

This is just one example, of course. There are countless other factors that I've found time and time again that authorities overlook. Especially with someone losing their life, shouldn't every possible step be taken to ensure all the facts are clear?

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