• January 04, 2023

Child Injured in Semi-Truck Overturn at CR EW 150 in Ottawa County, OK

Ottawa County, OK — January 2, 2023, a 9-year-old passenger in a semi-truck was injured in a rollover crash by County Road EW 150 in Ottawa County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:40 p.m. at CR EW 150 north of Afton. Preliminary information suggests 43-year-old Scott Heronemus was driving a tractor-trailer on a wet roadway when he attempted to turn left onto the county road. Investigators alleged he was traveling at too high a speed for conditions and the truck rolled onto its side while turning.

A juvenile passenger in the big rig was pinned after the crash and had to be extricated by emergency responders. He was then taken to a Missouri hospital with suspected head injuries. Heronemus received minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

People aren't always aware of exactly how complicated a commercial truck accident can be. While police may think speeding on a wet road is the primary issue here, I've lost count of how many times I've seen them develop tunnel vision and ignore other factors once they found an explanation they favored.

As with any crash, it's important to look carefully and be sure the whole story is learned. After all, it wouldn't be fair or right to lay the blame on the driver if the crash was out of his hands, and I don't believe most people would be intentionally reckless with a child in their vehicle. That's why it's best to get the whole truth of how and why the crash happened--will police efforts alone be enough to find it?

Child Injured in Semi-Truck Overturn at CR EW 150 in Ottawa County, OK
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