Two Killed, One Injured in UPS Truck Accident on I-40 in Navajo County, AZ
Navajo County, AZ -- November 13, 2022, two people were killed and one person was injured after an accident on I-40 involving a UPS truck.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 2:40 p.m. roughly 13 miles west of Holbrook. It appears that a UPS truck traveling westbound on the interstate somehow crossed into oncoming lanes where it crashed head-on with another semi-truck.
Due to the collision, two people involved in the crash sustained fatal injuries. Another reportedly had minor injuries. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on UPS Truck Accident on I-40 in Navajo County
A truck crossing into oncoming lanes on an interstate is always concerning because it usually means the truck simply was not in the driver's control. This can happen for all kinds of reasons, though folks often just assume the driver was doing something wrong. Is it possible they were on their phone or that they fell asleep? Certainly, but it's important to consider other factors, even if they seem unlikely.
I've handled hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks throughout my career, and it's staggering what all can lead to a deadly wreck. There may have been mechanical issues. The driver's employer may not maintain their trucks properly. They may not have trained the driver properly or otherwise force their drivers to engage in reckless behavior. There may have been a tire blowout due to debris in the road or even a manufacturing defect. Perhaps the driver had a history of medical conditions that made something like this entirely foreseeable.
Likely or not, people lost their lives here. Not only do those involved deserve any possible opportunity to get the help they need, they deserve simply to know what happened. I have serious doubts that authorities alone are going to get all the answers, which is why it's best folks consider the benefits of ensuring there are independent investigations as soon as possible.