One Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-151 in Trenton, WI
Trenton, WI — November 6, 2022, a 75-year-old man died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 151 in Dodge County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:00 p.m. on US-151 near County Road C. Preliminary investigation suggests an 18-wheeler was eastbound on CR C when the driver made a left turn toward northbound US-151. As the truck turned it was hit by the victim's northbound minivan. After the first impact an SUV also hit the minivan from behind.
The van's driver was killed in the crash. The SUV driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries; the semi-truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on US-151 in Trenton
If reports have their facts straight here it sounds like a truck driver acted negligently and turned in front of oncoming traffic. Some may think little else beyond what the news said is necessary to hold that driver (and by extension his employer) responsible, but commercial truck wrecks are rarely that simple.
Countless people have been injured by trucker negligence in one form or another, and almost all of them have found an uncooperative trucking company on the other side. The company has a lot to lose if it's found responsible for its employees' carelessness, so it'll fight hard not to be seen as the at-fault party. That means among other things it'll try to deflect fault wherever it might stick--visibility problems, mysterious brake failures, or even unsafe behavior by the victims themselves, just to name a few potential scapegoats.
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