• November 14, 2022

Kulwant Singh Killed in Truck Accident on I-80 Snow Shoe Township, PA

Snow Shoe Township, PA — November 13, 2022, 48-year-old Kulwant Singh died in a single-vehicle truck accident on Interstate 80 in Snow Shoe Township.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 p.m. on eastbound I-80 near mile marker 147.6. Preliminary investigation suggests Singh was a passenger in a Freightliner semi-truck when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The truck hit an embankment off the road's right side, then overturned on its passenger side.

Singh was ejected and suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Kulwant Singh Accident in Snow Shoe Twp

When it comes to situations like this, I'm concerned that authorities may give the crash the careful attention it deserves. Like many people, police may quickly assume the truck left the road because the driver did something wrong--fell asleep, maybe, or drifted off-course while checking their phone, but there could be more to the story.

It's not that operator errors can't be involved, as they're quite commonly behind wrecks like this. However, they can't be taken for granted while so many other possibilities haven't been checked out yet. What if the truck had mechanical issues or defects? Bald or damaged tires? A major cargo shift in its trailer? Even if the driver fell asleep or was distracted by their phone, did their employer have anything to do with that--like demanding long hours or constantly wanting schedule updates?

Kulwant Singh Killed in Truck Accident on I-80 Snow Shoe Township, PA

There's also the important consideration of why the victim was there at the time. The driver's injuries will probably be addressed by their state's workers' comp program; however, the same might not be true for the passenger depending on why they were riding along. If they were a coworker then workers' comp will probably help them as well, but if they weren't employed by the company (a friend or family member keeping the driver company, for example) then their avenues for recovery would be different. Likewise, if they work for the company but were off the clock at the time then how they get help might change.

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things but there are definitely a lot of questions that still need careful consideration--not just about how the crash happened, but also about what comes next. The best way to work out all the necessary details is through careful investigation so the evidence can speak for itself. Finding all the facts is the best way to be sure the crash is understood and the people affected by it get the help they need and deserve.

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