Mason Roach Killed in Truck Accident on US-281 in Russell County, KS
Russell County, KS — October 18, 2022, 28-year-old Mason Roach died when a cement truck ran off U.S. Highway 281 and crashed in Russell County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 p.m. along US-281, around 2 miles north of Russell. Preliminary investigation suggests Roach was driving a Mack cement truck north on the highway when he may have lost control somehow. The truck drove off the left side of the road into a ditch, then crashed through a fence and went airborne. When it landed it rolled one or more times and came to rest.
Roach, allegedly not wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries in the accident.
A driver was killed in a single vehicle crash involving a cement truck.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Mason Roach Accident in Russell County
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. It's not impossible for something like speeding or texting to have been a key factor, but I think most would agree it's unfair to jump to any conclusions or point fingers as the investigation is far from over. What if there's more to the story?
For all anyone could say at this point, the truck lost traction on a bad patch of road or had some kind of mechanical failure that sent it off the road. Vehicles and their parts fail or break all the time (consider the GM ignition switch fiasco a few years back, for example), and while ideally commercial fleets should get regular maintenance to find those problems things don't always go that way.
Less-obvious or -common possibilities like those are 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. A "by the numbers" police effort doesn't always dig deep enough to find real answers, which can be a huge setback for victims and families who need them.