Truck Driver Killed in Crash on East Broad Street in Blacklick, OH
Blacklick, OH — November 1, 2022, a truck driver died and two people were injured in a crash on East Broad Street in Blacklick.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:50 a.m. along the 7700 block of East Broad Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Peterbilt semi-truck was traveling west on the roadway when the driver may have lost control or attempted an unsafe lane change. The truck entered the same lane as a nearby Honda Civic and pushed it off the north side of the road. The truck continued a short distance west before it ran off the road and crashed into a tree.
The truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The Honda's two occupants were treated for minor injuries at an area hospital.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on E Broad St in Blacklick
It seems like investigators have more work to do here as they try to figure out exactly why the truck driver might have left his lane into the car's. Was it just a matter of a lane change gone wrong, or a car in his blind spot? Is it possible he drifted off-course after falling asleep or while checking his phone or GPS? Or did something unusual and more serious happen, like a mechanical failure in the truck or a sudden medical emergency that incapacitated him? Why was he unable to regain control of the big rig after hitting the car?
Those questions and the many others like them aren't about overcomplicating things or making accusations. I just firmly believe that when someone is hurt or killed in an accident like this, it's in everyone's best interests to know exactly how and why that happened. A few vague sentences in the news and a once-over from police may not be enough to get all the facts, though, so would an independent investigation stand a better chance of learning the whole truth?