• October 21, 2022

Tim Tufano Killed in Box Truck Accident on I-75 in Moraine, OH

Moraine, OH — October 3, 2022, 52-year-old Tim Tufano was killed when a box truck hit a Montgomery County corrections van on Interstate 75 in Moraine.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday along I-75 South. Preliminary investigation suggests Tufano was a member of a six-man inmate crew working a highway litter clean-up detail near the corrections van on the shoulder. All the inmates were wearing reflective vests and the van's overhead lights were on.

According to reports an Aramark box truck driven by 37-year-old Jeffery Collins approached the work site. Collins allegedly heard a loud noise in the back of the truck and momentarily looked back for its source; when he looked ahead again he had no time or room to stop before hitting the van and pushing it into several of the work crew. Afterward the box truck ran through the roadway and crashed into the median barrier; moments later it was hit by two southbound vehicles.

Tufano suffered fatal injuries in the accident; the other crew members were taken to area hospitals. Collins and the two southbound drivers reported minor injuries.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Tim Tufano Accident on I-75 in Moraine

While altogether this seems like a fairly complex situation, ultimately it looks like a distracted truck driver was at the heart of the damage done. I don't say that as an accusation, as reports suggest he admitted taking his eyes off the road just before disaster struck. The end result of that is one man killed and other people injured, and if the trucker's distraction was the cause then folks might assume he (and by extension his employer) would have little choice but to take responsibility.

That may seem reasonable on paper, but no matter what preliminary reports say crashes involving commercial vehicles are rarely simple to resolve. It's always important to investigate them carefully and gather indisputable evidence of what happened--not only to ensure everyone has the whole story, but also because that evidence is usually crucial for getting victims and families the help and justice they deserve. Without it most trucking companies will fight tooth and nail against accepting liability, arguing with police findings and blaming who- or whatever else they can think of for the damage done.

Tim Tufano Killed, Injuries Reported in Box Truck Accident on I-75 in Moraine, OH

Even in a situation that seems open-and-shut a careful investigation can only be of benefit. Here's the hitch, though: Police rarely dig deep enough to find all the needed details. That's why after major accidents like this one--particularly since it involved a commercial truck--I suggest enlisting the help of independent experts who have the time, tools, and training to find answers. Will appropriate steps be taken in Moraine to get everyone the help they need?

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