• October 19, 2022

Daniel Diaz Injured in Truck Accident on US-127 near Cecil, OH

Cecil, OH — October 18, 2022, truck driver Daniel Diaz was injured in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 127 east of Cecil.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:20 p.m. on US-127 at the US-24 interchange. It's unclear exactly how the two trucks and car collided, but investigators found 25-year-old Diaz's tractor-trailer pinned against a highway guardrail with its trailer partially on top of a Dodge Dart and a Pahl Ready-Mix dump truck.

Diaz was transported to a Fort Wayne hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The Dodge driver, 50-year-old Thomas Kearns, was able to exit his vehicle and sustained minor injuries. The dump truck driver, 57-year-old Mark Baldridge, was unhurt.

Diaz was reportedly cited for failure to yield.

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

Commentary on Daniel Diaz Accident on US-127 near Cecil

Police cited the truck driver for failing to yield, but I can't help but wonder if they covered all their bases before reaching that conclusion. If the driver just made a bad lane change and triggered the crash that's one thing, but if something out of his hands made the truck go off-course that'd be another. Did it lose traction on a bad patch of road? Did it blow a tire, or maybe have some kind of mechanical malfunction? Did the driver have to swerve suddenly to avoid someone or something else in the road?

Daniel Diaz Injured in Truck Accident on US-127 near Cecil, OH

I'm not trying to invent excuses for the driver; police may have hit the nail on the head and there's little else to say (aside from providing a more comprehensive set of crash details). I just want to make sure all the variables are considered before conclusions are reached. Over the years I've seen too many police reports that included a plausible, "good enough" explanation that either didn't tell the whole story or wholly misrepresented what actually happened. It's always best to round up all the facts and let them do the talking, so will police take the necessary time and care to do that?

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