Trucker, Passenger Injured in Semi-Truck Accident on I-44 in Pulaski County, MO
Pulaski County, MO -- October 21, 2022, two people were injured following an accident where a semi-truck crashed into an overpass column.
Officials said that the incident took place at around midnight in the are of the I-44 Richland exit.
It appears that two people were in a semi-truck traveling along westbound lanes of the interstate. For reasons unclear, the truck ran off-road where it crashed into the concrete support pillar for MO-133.
Due to the crash, both the driver and passenger of the truck had serious injuries. No one else appeared to be hurt. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Commentary on Commercial Truck Accident on I-44 in Pulaski County
With a single vehicle wreck like this, most folks will just assume the driver did something wrong. Quite frankly, that's the most common explanation, considering things like speeding, distracted driving, and fatigue. But jumping to conclusions isn't going to help anyone. Besides, there are certain possibilities that authorities typically aren't equipped to look into which can cause a serious truck wreck without the driver having any control over the situation.
For example, mechanical issues are a lot more common than folks realize. Commercial trucks are complex machines, meaning all kinds of things can go wrong. That's on top of the fact that some trucking companies simply neglect to maintain their trucks, and many drivers are forced to operate vehicles in terrible condition. Then, something fails, and they get hurt just trying to provide for their families.
I can't say what all happened here, but steps should be take to explore these areas and ensure those involved have every opportunity to get any help available to them.