• January 11, 2023

Thomas McClaren, Nancy McClaren Killed, Tammy Manns Injured in Truck Accident in Marion County, OH

Marion County, OH -- January 9, 2023, Thomas McClaren and Nancy McClaren were killed and two were injured following a truck accident.

Officials were called to the crash scene at around 11:00 a.m. Details say it happened along Marion Williamsport Road.

It appears that 85-year-old Thomas McClaren and 84-year-old Nancy McClaren were passengers in a dodge Durango driven by 60-year-old Tammy Manns. While traveling along the roadway, authorities say that a semi-truck failed to yield, colliding with the Dodge.

Thomas McClaren, Nancy McClaren Killed, Tammy Manns Injured in Truck Accident in Marion County, OH

As a result of the collision, both Thomas and Nancy McClaren succumbed to fatal injuries. Manns was taken to a hospital. The truck driver had injuries said to be non-life-threatening.

There aren't many additional details available right now, though folks may not see that as necessary. Police said that the truck failed to yield, so what else is there to discuss? There are families here affected by just about the most devastating thing one can go through, and police appear to be on their side. I have no reason to doubt these initial details, and I truly wish it were that simple to help victims and families following a deadly commercial truck wreck. But what I have yet to see in the news is why the truck driver supposedly failed to yield. Are authorities looking into that?

I'm not a crash investigator, but this line of work means I work with them all the time. I know just how much work can go into a wreck like this--some common factors and some not so common. Failure to yield can happen due to cell phone usage, fiddling around with the stereo or objects in the seats or floorboard, possible intoxication, and even medical conditions. Looking into those possibilities means pulling cell phone records, ECM data, medical records, training records, driver history, etc. It may shock people to see just how few of those important details actually come up in a typical police report. That means without the proper investigations, seemingly damning reports like these can quickly become useless.

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