• November 14, 2022

16 Injured in Possible Drunk Trucker Accident on US 30 in Warsaw, IN

UPDATE (November 16, 2022): In recent reports, officials say they determined that the truck driver's BAC was .13 following the crash. They say that the driver, identified as Victor Santos, will face four counts of serious bodily injury while operating a vehicle and 22 counts of criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon. Investigations continue.

Warsaw, IN -- November 12, 2022, sixteen people were injured due to an accident where a possibly drunk truck driver crashed with a bus.

Officials said that the accident happened late Saturday at the intersection of US 30 and Center Street. Kosciusko County officials responded after a semi-truck reportedly ran a red light at the intersection, crashing into a bus carrying approximately 23 teenagers from the Saint Ignatius College Prep school's (in Chicago) hockey team. Due to the collision, the bus overturned.

Details suggest at least 16 people were injured, three of which were said to be in critical condition when taken from the scene. Authorities said the truck driver, identified as Victor Santos, is believed to have been drunk at the time. This and other factors remain under investigation.

Commentary on Hockey Team Bus, Truck Accident on US 30 in Warsaw

Something I saw in reports is people discussing the possibility that the truck driver here may have had a history of substance abuse issues. This has not been confirmed nor denied by authorities, but it's absolutely crucial to look into. Folks tend to assume police alleging a driver was drunk makes a situation as open-and-shut as it can be. In reality, it only makes thorough investigations that much more necessary.

Bus Accident Injures 16, Trucker Possibly Drunk on US 30 in Warsaw, IN

The reason it's so important to determine a possible history of recklessness is because the truck driver could be working for a company. Employers generally have a responsibility to ensure their drivers can do their jobs safely. If a driver has a problem with driving under the influence, an attentive and responsible employer would likely be thorough enough to catch that driver and take them off the road. If a driver has a long history of charges or driving infractions relating to those issues, they may not even be qualified to drive in the first place.

So when I read about some kids possibly suffering life-changing injuries possibly due to someone doing just about the most avoidable and dangerous thing a driver can do, I can't help but feel my blood boil. If one of my kids was involved in a situation like this, I'd want to know every possible step was being taken to hold people accountable. That could be just one rogue trucker, but steps must be taken to find out if someone else may have failed to prevent an otherwise preventable crash.

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