• October 24, 2022

Scottie Dunn, Shavinder Singh Killed in Truck Accident on I-40 in Oldham County, TX

Oldham County, TX — October 21, 2022, Scottie Dunn and Shavinder Singh died in a commercial truck accident along Interstate 40 in Oldham County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:15 a.m. along I-40 near mile marker 2, roughly 35 miles west of Vega. Preliminary investigation suggests Dunn was standing on the shoulder of the roadway operating a Peterbilt tow truck as it hitched up a disabled tractor-trailer.

A Volvo 18-wheeler driven by Singh approached on the westbound roadway; for unknown reasons it drifted out of its travel lane and sideswiped both trucks and Dunn on the shoulder. After the impact the Volvo continued west a short distance then crashed and overturned in the north ditch.

Dunn, 42, and Singh, 32, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Scottie Dunn, Shavinder Singh Accident in Oldham County

There's still more investigation needed here to say exactly what happened on the interstate, but if preliminary reports have their facts straight it seems like one truck ran off the road and hit the others that were legally stopped on the shoulder. That's not to speak ill of the striking driver who tragically lost his life, just taking note of the details as they're currently framed. If those facts are straight, though, some may think there's little else needed before that driver's employer would have to accept responsibility for the damage done.

That may seem reasonable on paper, but crashes involving commercial vehicles are rarely so simple to resolve. It's always important to investigate them carefully and round up all the clear facts--not only to ensure everyone knows the whole story, but also because those facts and the evidence supporting them are usually needed to hold the right parties accountable and get help for the people that need it. Experience has taught me that most trucking companies will fight tooth and nail against accepting liability, and with two or three of them potentially playing a long and high-stakes game of "hot potato" after the Oldham County wreck that could spell trouble for the people affected.

The best way to cut through that blame-shifting and finger-pointing is to get the clear facts of the matter and allow only them to tell the story. Here's the issue, though: Police investigations rarely dig deep enough to find all those needed details. That's why after major crashes like this one--particularly since it involved commercial trucks--I suggest enlisting the help of independent experts who have the time, tools, and training to find answers. Will those steps be taken here?

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