• November 07, 2022

Rodney Clark Killed in Crossover Accident on US-231 in Trousdale County, TN

Trousdale County, TN — November 5, 2022, 65-year-old Rodney Clark died in a head-on crash with a utility truck and trailer on U.S. Highway 231 in Trousdale County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:00 a.m. on US-231 near Hunter's Point Bridge. Preliminary investigation suggests Clark was driving a Nissan Altima north on the highway when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. The car crossed over the center line and collided head-on with a southbound GMC 750 utility truck towing a trailer.

Clark, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was killed in the crash. The GMC driver, David Hammontree, was wearing a seat belt and suffered unspecified injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Rodney Clark Killed in Crossover Accident on US-231 in Trousdale County, TN

Commentary on Rodney Clark Accident in Trousdale County

I have no specific reason to doubt that things happened as the news said, but at the same time I know to take most preliminary reports--including those about crossover accidents--with a grain or two of salt. Things can often be more complex than they seem, and unfortunately those complexities are sometimes missed or misunderstood by police. Could there be more to the story here?

Here's an example of what I mean: Not long ago some folks asked us to look into a wreck after police said their loved one crossed the center line and hit an 18-wheeler. Our investigators looked again and found police got things wrong: The 18-wheeler actually crossed over first when the truck driver fell asleep. The victim swerved left to avoid it but his honking horn woke up the trucker, who then mirrored the evasion while trying to get back in his lane. The two then collided head-on in the truck's lane, and because that's where police found them it was assumed the victim went left of center.

The officer in charge of that investigation was inexperienced, ill-equipped, and too trusting of the only version of the story he got on the scene--that of the sleepy truck driver, who saw no need to set the record straight. If investigators have the right tools and training such mistakes can be avoided, and victims and families stand a better chance of getting the whole truth. Will that happen in Trousdale County?

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