• November 15, 2022

Richard Kammel Injured in Truck Accident on I-95 in Auburn, ME

Auburn, ME — November 14, 2022, 70-year-old Richard Kammel was injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 in Auburn.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on southbound I-95 at Exit 77. Preliminary investigation suggests Kammel was driving a Ford Ranger pickup south when for unknown reasons he crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler. His pickup then overturned and caught fire, but the flames were extinguished.

Kammel suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the collision and was taken to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues but police say sun glare was a factor in the wreck.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Richard Kammel Accident in Auburn

Police say sun glare was a key factor in this collision. I have no reason to doubt them on that, and a driver headed southwest toward the setting sun in the early afternoon could easily find their vision impacted. However, a full and careful investigation is still important in case there's any more to the story. For instance, how fast were the victim and the big rig ahead of him traveling? How far apart were they? Why did the space between them suddenly disappear? Did the big rig brake abruptly? If so, why? Did the victim have any warning? Was the pickup in proper working order? What are road conditions like along that stretch of highway?

Richard Kammel Injured in Truck Accident on I-95 in Auburn, ME

That's just a few questions that still need answers. I'm not hunting for a "bad guy" or trying to overcomplicate things, but sometimes too much emphasis is placed on a single factor in an accident when others also played roles. It's best for everyone involved if the whole story, supported by evidence, is learned. Will police take the time and care to do that, or are they ready to blame the sun and move on?

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