Aarin Jones, Daughter Injured by Loose Storage Unit on Dixie Highway in Fairfield, OH
UPDATE (December 1, 2022): Sources have identified the two people injured in this accident as 35-year-old Aarin Jones and her 12-year-old daughter.
Fairfield, OH — November 15, 2022, two people were injured when a storage unit fell off an 18-wheeler onto their car on Dixie Highway in Fairfield.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:25 p.m. on Dixie Highway (Ohio 4) at the railroad underpass near St. Clair Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a tractor-trailer was hauling a storage unit along the highway when its cargo hit the underpass, causing to fall off the trailer and hit a nearby Ford Fusion.
The Ford's two occupants suffered potentially serious injuries in the accident and were taken to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Aarin Jones Accident on Ohio 4 in Fairfield
It's hard to say exactly what went wrong here. The truck or its cargo hitting the underpass seems to be the triggering event, but it's not yet clear why or how that even happened. Was the storage unit on the big rig's trailer oversized? Did the truck driver misjudge the clearance above and around the truck? Were the cargo's restraints not sufficient to hold it in place?
Those are important questions to answer, because depending on why the storage unit broke loose who's responsible for the accident may change. If the truck driver was just careless somehow then the victims' injuries may be on his (and by extension his employer's) hands. Likewise, if he or his fellow employees failed to properly secure the storage unit, they may be at fault. However, if another company improperly loaded up the unit then they may have a share of the responsibility for what happened when it broke free.
People may roll their eyes and see an attorney flailing around for someone to sue, but that's not the point. Two people including a child were seriously hurt in this accident, and it sure doesn't look like that was through any fault of their own. It seems only right that the parties responsible for the mayhem on Dixie Highway answer for their negligence. Will law enforcement get the facts needed to make that happen?