• November 30, 2022

Truck Driver Injured by Vehicle after Crashing on I-90 near Coeur d’Alene, ID

Coeur d'Alene, ID — November 28, 2022, a truck driver was hit and injured by a vehicle after crashing on Interstate 90 near Coeur d'Alene.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:30 p.m. on I-90 near mile marker 16. Preliminary investigation suggests a semi-truck was westbound on the highway when the driver lost control for unknown reasons and hit some nearby concrete barriers.

The truck driver exited the semi and began to put out reflective triangles. Moments later he was hit by a passing Toyota Sienna on the roadway.

The truck driver was injured and was taken to an area hospital by ambulance. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Truck Driver Injured by Vehicle after Crashing on I-90 near Coeur d'Alene, ID

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-90 near Coeur d'Alene

I have a feeling that when the news mentions an ongoing investigation they mostly mean police are trying to figure out how and why the second motorist hit the trucker as he put out visibility enhancers. Obviously there are some questions to answer about that (did the second driver lose control too? Where exactly was the trucker in relation to the travel lanes?), but I think it's important to remember that this crash couldn't have happened without the truck going out of control in the first place. Hopefully investigators will also look closely at what might have sent the big rig into the barriers.

Some may have glossed over that question pretty quickly on the assumption that the truck driver just did something wrong at the wheel, but that shouldn't be taken for granted before other possibilities have been addressed too. For instance, mechanical problems in vehicles--especially 18-wheelers--are too often overlooked by both the public and police. Why? Because finding such a malfunction is often tricky and takes more training and equipment than an average traffic cop brings to the scene. However, being unprepared is no excuse for not being thorough and it's not right to potentially blame someone for a crash that was actually out of their hands. Will someone with the right time and training look into this and figure out how this unfortunate wreck began?

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