• October 31, 2022

Driver Killed in Fiery Tanker Truck Overturn Accident on Route 8 in Stow, OH

Stow, OH — October 28, 2022, a truck driver died when a gasoline tanker truck overturned and caught fire on State Route 8 in Stow.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. along Route 8. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a tanker truck was traveling on the highway when the driver may have lost control for unknown reasons. The truck overturned and its load of 8,500 gallons of gasoline caught fire. The flames soon produced an explosion.

The truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Driver Killed in Tanker Truck Overturn Accident on Route 8 in Stow, OH

Commentary on Fiery Truck Accident on Route 8 in Stow

Obviously it's critical to learn more about what exactly led to this crash, but there may be more to investigate beyond its cause. I want to discuss something that even a lot of truckers don't talk about: How many accidents like this one become exponentially worse than they really had to be.

For years now the technology has existed to help trucks better withstand rollover wrecks. Not every crash's fatal aftermath can be avoided, and I suspect the large quantity of gas involved in this one made an already-bad situation worse, but at this point it's unclear exactly which part of the accident caused the driver's sad demise. In many such incidents a rollover crash might have been survived had the truck's manufacturer implemented some safety-oriented design changes.

Should truckers have to pay the price for manufacturer's penny-pinching? I certainly don't think so, which is why I talk about this issue when it may be relevant. I don't have specific reasons to think the tanker truck's design was flawed in Stow, but I don't believe anyone can say just yet that it wasn't either. Folks should simply keep in mind that if authorities didn't look into all the possible contributing elements, they may have let important details slip through the cracks.

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