Ragina Rudder Injured in Crash with Parked Semi-Truck on I-35 in Springer, OK
Springer, OK — January 9, 2023, 31-year-old Ragina Rudder was seriously injured in a collision with a parked tractor-trailer on Interstate 35 in Carter County.
Authorities say the incident happened Monday along I-35 at exit 40. Preliminary investigation suggests Rudder was taking the exit from the freeway when she allegedly swerved to avoid some potholes. Her vehicle then crashed into an 18-wheeler parked on the right shoulder of the exit ramp.
Rudder was seriously injured in the crash and was airlifted to an area hospital. The driver of the parked semi-truck was unhurt. Both drivers were reportedly wearing seat belts.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Folks may read that a car hit a parked truck and think there's little else to say, but situations like this are often more complicated than they appear. For example, there seem to be two extenuating factors in the Springer collision: The alleged potholes in the driver's way may need attention from the Highway Department if they were serious enough to make her worried about running over them, but the truck on the side of the ramp is a different--and just as important--issue to address.
Whether folks realize it or not, parked big rigs on a highway's shoulder or on the edges of ramps create a safety hazard. They're only allowed to stop there for emergencies, but unfortunately they often end up on the roadside for other reasons. I'm not saying I know the driver's motivation for stopping on the side of I-35, but learning whether or not the truck was on the shoulder legally may change the context of the crash. Click below to learn more.