• November 16, 2022

George Dickey Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-70 in Wentzville, MO

Wentzville, MO — November 15, 2022, 79-year-old George Dickey died in a collision between tractor-trailers on Interstate 70 in Wentzville.

Authorities released few details about the accident but say it happened around 6:30 a.m. along westbound I-70 near Highway 61. Reports indicate Dickey’s Mack Chu 18-wheeler ran onto the highway's shoulder for unknown reasons and rear-ended a Volvo big rig that was stopped there.

Dickey was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

George Dickey Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-70 in Wentzville, MO

Commentary on George Dickey Accident in Wentzville

It's obviously concerning to see any vehicle hit another one on the shoulder, but if anyone understands that these situations aren't always as clear-cut as they sound it's truckers. The investigation may largely focus on why and how the victim ran off the road, but there are other important details to work out. For instance, investigators must learn if the truck on the shoulder was parked legally.

Truck drivers are required to follow particular federal guidelines when stopping on the interstate (including the shoulder). Failing to follow those rules can have deadly consequences, yet some commercial drivers routinely roll those dice.

I can't say what happened here without more thorough investigations, but it's important to realize that few accidents--perhaps least of all those between commercial vehicles--are really as simple as a few sentences in the news make them sound. Folks should learn about their possible factors so they better understand why jumping to conclusions can be so detrimental.

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