Nathaniel Dunlay Killed in Truck Accident in Pawnee County, KS
Pawnee County, KS -- October 25, 2022, Nathaniel Dunlay was killed following an accident where a truck crashed off-road.
Investigators said that the crash happened outside of Rush Center along US Highway 183 at around 7:00 p.m.
It appears that 40-year-old Nathaniel Dunlay was in a semi-truck traveling northbound on the highway. Another vehicle was apparently passing the truck when a southbound vehicle swerved to avoid hitting that vehicle. Dunlay's truck then ran off into the ditch where it overturned onto its roof.
As a result of the crash, Dunlay sustained fatal injuries. It's unclear if anyone else was hurt. Details remain under investigation.
Commentary on Nathaniel Dunlay Truck Accident in Pawnee County
When I read these reports, something stands out to me which folks may not consider without years of truck wreck experience. They may think this is all down to whichever vehicle set this all into motion--likely the vehicle making a pass into oncoming lanes. There could certainly be a driver to hold accountable, but sometimes they're not the only ones who need to face consequences. Who else could that be, though?
Well, one possibility which comes to mind is whoever manufactured the victim's truck. A little-discussed issue in the trucking industry is how some trucks will simply collapse under their own weight on the slightest of rollovers. Some crashes become serious or fatal when similar trucks built by more responsible companies would have protected the driver.
So, then, did this crash need to be fatal? Would an average trucker have lost their lives in this crash, or would the victim still be alive if they were in a truck made by a responsible truck manufacturer? It would likely take more thorough independent investigations to say for sure.