Ascencion Garcia-Castillo Killed in Concrete Truck Accident near Orondo, WA
Orondo, WA -- October 12, 2022, Ascencion Garcia-Castillo was killed in an accident where he hit a concrete object that fell from a truck.
Douglas County officials said that they were called to US 97 outside of Orondo at around 4:15 p.m. They say that 44-year-old Wenatchee resident Ascencion Garcia-Castillo was in Toyota Tacoma traveling southbound on the highway.
From oncoming lanes, a flatbed semi-truck somehow lost a chunk of concrete approximated at 31 tons. After it fell into the road, Garcia-Castillo crashed into it. Due to the collision, Garcia-Castillo sustained fatal injuries.
Commentary on Ascencion Garcia-Castillo Concrete Truck Accident near Orondo
While there are a lot of details to look into still, the blunt fact of the matter is that this rarely happens without someone screwing up big time. How does a 31 ton chunk of concrete just fall into oncoming traffic like this? Any respectable company would make damn sure that thing was tied down properly. It doesn't take an expert to know something like that falling in the road can be deadly. So what the hell went wrong here, and who needs to be held responsible to ensure this doesn't happen again?
What could make that question a bit more complex is the fact these incidents sometimes involve multiple companies. Folks are often quick to just put all the blame on a truck driver. Maybe that's what happened here. If a driver failed to ensure the cargo was loaded properly, didn't use proper equipment or didn't use equipment correctly, and still decided to drive, maybe it's all one person's fault. However, a lot of truck drivers are more or less at the mercy of their employers and the companies they deal with.
A while back, for example, I handled a deadly wreck involving improperly loaded cargo. Through our more thorough investigations, we found important details police overlooked. One was that the cargo's visibility flag was all but invisible due to how worn it was. The driver's employer simply did not provide him with the right safety equipment. Furthermore, we found that a separate company actually loaded the trailer improperly to begin with, meaning they, too, were responsible for the resulting fatal collision.
Could it be this all happened due to poor training or shoddy equipment? A lack of equipment altogether? Multiple companies all neglecting due care? Some freak occurrence the truck driver couldn't possibly foresee? One way or another, a man lost his life here. Steps must be taken to ensure his loved ones get answers, any help they're entitled to, and some peace of mind knowing those responsible for their loss are being held accountable for their actions.