• October 17, 2022

John Vanderhoff Jr. Killed in Truck Accident on Route 895 in West Brunswick Twp, PA

West Brunswick Township, PA — October 14, 2022, 74-year-old John Vanderhoff Jr. died in a single-vehicle accident on State Route 895 in Schuylkill County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:50 a.m. along Route 895 near Millers Crossing Road in West Brunswick Township. Preliminary investigation suggests Vanderhoff was driving a Mack truck north on the highway when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. The truck ran off the east side of the road, then hit a guardrail. After traveling some distance further north he left the road's east side once more and hit a tree.

Vanderhoff, reportedly wearing a seat belt at the time, suffered fatal injuries in the wreck.

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

John Vanderhoff Jr. Killed in West Brunswick Twp, PA Truck Accident on Rt 895

Commentary on John Vanderhoff Jr. Accident in West Brunswick Twp

Folks tend to see the few facts news reports can offer about a crash like this and conclude the truck driver must have done something wrong to lose control of his vehicle. I'm sure police will consider various operator errors like speeding or texting when trying to find out what went wrong, but it wouldn't be right to exclude other possibilities--things out of the driver's hands.

For instance, proper consideration isn't always given to mechanical failures or defects in a vehicle causing it to go off-course. They're not as common as some other explanations, but they still happen all the time and can have devastating results (consider the GM ignition switch fiasco a few years back, for example). Commercial trucks are just as susceptible to faulty parts sending them out of control, yet police investigators don't always have the training or tools to look into that possibility. That's why I so often recommend that independent experts have another look to find out whether there's more to the story than people may realize. Click below to learn more.

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