• December 16, 2022

Truck Driver Injured by Heavy Cargo on West Hinkley Drive in Ogden, UT

Ogden, UT — December 15, 2022, a truck driver was critically injured by his truck's cargo in an accident on West Hinkley Drive in Ogden.

Authorities say the incident happened just before 10:00 a.m. in the area of 1300 West Hinkley. Preliminary investigation suggests a snow plow was eastbound on the roadway when its operator started to U-turn. A westbound semi-truck carrying construction beams hard-braked to avoid crashing into the turning snow plow, but the heavy beams reportedly shifted due to the abrupt stop and entered the truck's cab.

The truck driver was pinned inside the cab by the beams and suffered serious injuries.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Ogden Truck Cargo Accident on West Hinkley

If preliminary reports have their facts straight I see two major issues that need addressing: First, the snow plow driver allegedly failed to yield to oncoming traffic and U-turned through the road, and second, the truck's cargo shifted as it stopped--which may mean it was improperly secured. Either or both of those could mean that someone bears at least some of the responsibility for the damage done to that truck driver, since just about every driver (but especially a professional one) should know not to obstruct traffic and anyone putting large heavy cargo on a big rig should do whatever it takes to keep it from shifting.

Truck Driver Injured by Heavy Cargo on West Hinkley Drive in Ogden, UT

Having said that, though, there may be extenuating circumstances that early reports didn't cover. Visibility might have been limited for the plow's driver, for instance, or the sudden stop of the truck might have overwhelmed what would ordinarily have been reasonable securing measures on the cargo. I'm not making accusations, but a man was seriously injured here for reasons that appear to be not of his making. If someone else was responsible for his trip to a hospital the law says they should be held accountable for their part. Will someone make sure that happens and the victim gets the help he deserves?

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