Fred Mikesell Killed in Truck Accident in Republic County, KS
Republic County, KS -- December 21, 2022, Fred Mikesell was killed due to an accident where a semi-truck and a car collided.
Right now, the exact circumstances leading up to the crash remain under investigation. The only details given in the news is that 60-year-old Fred Mikesell was in a vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 36. While doing so, it appears that an eastbound semi jackknifed, resulting in the two vehicles colliding. Mikesell's car was said to then go off-road and hit a tree, and he was pronounced deceased following the crash.
While I can't confirm anything beyond this, and while there would need to be further investigations into these preliminary details, reports saying a truck "jackknifed" is often a sign that driver screwed up--plain and simple. Is it possible something unavoidable happened? Absolutely. For all we know, this was all something unpredictable like a medical emergency, tire blowout, or mechanical defect. However, it could also be one of the many instances where a truck driver going too fast, looking at their phone, driving while fatigued, or failing to maintain their vehicle led to a man losing his life. Are experienced investigators looking into those possibilities?
That's what happened in an accident a family came to me with a while back which had similar facts to those given in the news about this crash. In that situation, a truck slid into oncoming lanes during a rainstorm, and the trucking company was insistent that the weather was to blame. Our investigations, however, clearly provided evidence the truck was going too fast, and it hadn't been properly maintained for months, leaving its tires worn and in no condition to safely drive on wet roads.
I'm not suggesting any of that happened here, necessarily, but experience tells me that further investigations here would likely show why a man wasn't able to make it home to his family on this awful day.