Semi-Truck Rear-Ends Dump Truck on I-44, Injuries Reported near Springfield, MO
Springfield, MO — December 6, 2022, injuries were reported after a semi-truck rear-ended a dump truck on Interstate 44 near Springfield.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 a.m. along I-44 near mile marker 70, west of town. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a dump truck was towing another dump truck along the highway when a big rig crashed into the back of them for unknown reasons.
The semi-truck driver suffered moderate injuries in the collision. The dump truck driver received minor injuries.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-44 near Springfield
Authorities say one truck rear-ended the other but don't say how or why. What was visibility like in the pre-dawn hours? What about road conditions? Weather? Were both trucks in good working order--lights, brakes, safety features? Was the semi-truck driver awake, alert, and focused on the road? Did the dump trucks ahead of him stop suddenly or steer into his path?
I don't know more than the few frustrating sentences in preliminary news reports convey, which is part of why these questions and many others like them must be asked. It's important to know any wreck's full story as conveyed by only the facts--especially if there are questions about who will help the victim recover. Will police take the time and care needed to find the truth?