• November 08, 2022

Rollin Eivins Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-20 in Hamilton County, IA

Hamilton County, IA — November 3, 2022, 55-year-old Rollin Eivins was seriously injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 20 in Hamilton County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:55 p.m. on US-20 at McMurray Avenue, close to Webster City. Preliminary investigation suggests Eivins was driving a Toyota Yaris on McMurray when he began to turn onto the highway. When turning he allegedly failed to yield to an eastbound Peterbilt 18-wheeler and the two collided in the roadway.

Eivins was airlifted from the scene to a Des Moines hospital for treatment of serious injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Rollin Eivins Accident in Hamilton County

Reports suggest the victim was meant to yield to thru-traffic at the mentioned intersection. If that's accurate then it's unclear why he didn't do so, but it's important not to jump to any conclusions about that. There are still a lot questions that need answers: Did the Toyota have mechanical problems or defects that kept it from stopping? Was the victim in good health, or could he have had a medical emergency? Did anything block his view of cross-traffic? Was signage present and clear at the intersection? How were weather and road conditions? Is the intersection designed poorly? Could the eastbound truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision?

Rollin Eivins Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-20 in Hamilton County, IA

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or point fingers. Unusual factors are just sometimes overlooked, and crucial details that slip through the cracks can make big problems for victims and families in the aftermath of these serious crashes. For example, there was an incident in West Texas not long ago where someone allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler. Police said he was at fault, but we later learned that road crews actually removed the intersection's signs during construction. The victim didn't even know he had to stop, but until that critical detail was discovered he was unfairly blamed.

That was an unusual situation, but it's a good example of how many crashes aren't as simple as they seem. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt while appropriate efforts are made to learn the full story. Will police be thorough enough to get it, or would an independent investigation stand a better chance of finding answers?

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