• November 17, 2022

One Killed in Crash with Corn Syrup Tanker on Turner McCall Blvd in Rome, GA

Rome, GA— November 15, 2022, one person died in a collision with a tanker truck hauling corn syrup on Turner McCall Boulevard in Floyd County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 10:00 a.m. on Turner McCall at O'Neill Street. Preliminary investigation suggests an SUV was traveling near the intersection when it allegedly crossed over the road's center line. After entering the oncoming lane it collided head-on with a tanker truck carrying a load of corn syrup.

The SUV driver died in the collision; the truck driver was unhurt.

The crash is still under investigation.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Rome Truck Accident on Turner McCall

It's important to keep an open mind and investigate carefully after any crash, no matter how straightforward preliminary reports may seem. The news portrays this as a simple but tragic crossover collision, but unusual factors contribute to accidents--and get overlooked--all the time.

For example, not long ago I handled an accident similar in some ways to the one in Rome. Police said that victim crossed left of center and fatally crashed with a big rig. Our experts looked again at his family's request, though, and found officers were mistaken: The truck driver actually drifted left of center first when they fell asleep at the wheel. The victim crossed over to avoid the big rig but the trucker hit the rumble strips, woke up, and steered back into his lane at the same time. Police just found the crashed vehicles in the truck's lane and assumed the victim was to blame.

One Killed in Crash with Corn Syrup Tanker on Turner McCall Blvd in Rome, GA

I'm not saying that happened in Georgia, but even if police are sure who crossed over there's still the question of why. Were they distracted by something? Did something unusual happen, like a medical emergency or a vehicle malfunction? Was the road wet or hazardous? Could any other extenuating factors have influenced what happened?

I don't want to overcomplicate things or point fingers. It's just best not to make any assumptions during the investigation, whether that's done by police or by independent experts. At the very least the victim's family deserves to know they have the whole story.

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