Jesus Salazar Hernandez Killed, Minor Injured in Truck Accident in Clark County, AR
Clark County, AR -- January 3, 2023, Jesus Salazar Hernandez was killed and a minor was injured after an accident involving a semi-truck.
Releases from the Arkansas State Police stated that the crash happened just before 5:00 p.m. near mile marker 59 of I-30. It appears that 50-year-old Jesus Salazar Hernandez was the driver of an International van on westbound I-30. Police believe the van crossed the center lane into the left lane where it crashed with a Freightliner semi-truck. The van then went off-road into an embankment.
As a result of the crash, Hernandez had fatal injuries. An unidentified minor in the van was injured. No further information about the crash has been released at this time.
It should go without saying that a serious investigation is crucial after a crash like this, but folks don't often appreciate just how challenging those investigations can be. They see that state police put out reports on this. That means they're handling things, right? Perhaps, but it would shock people to see how many times families came to me with deadly truck wrecks weeks or even months after the crash with police reports which barely scratched the surface. It's one of the reasons that independent investigations are so important. Failing to answer vital questions can leave families in the dark during a time when they need answers the most.
What condition were the vehicles in? Was the road hazardous? Did a tire blowout? Did authorities take witness statements? Were insurance reps on the scene speaking to investigators? Was one of the vehicles defective or poorly maintained? Was there another vehicle involved that left the scene? Did airbags and seatbelts function properly?
Are professionals working to answers these questions?