• January 12, 2023

Edward Casterlow Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on Highway 65 in McGrath, MN

McGrath, MN — January 10, 2023, 58-year-old Edward Casterlow died when his tractor-trailer overturned on State Highway 65 in Aitkin County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 9:00 a.m. along Highway 65 in McGrath. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Casterlow was driving a semi-truck north on the highway in what investigators described as snowy and icy conditions. At some point on the highway he may have lost control for unconfirmed reasons, after which the truck left the road and rolled over.

Casterlow, allegedly not wearing a seat belt, was fatally injured in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Considering the truck driver's reported age it seems like a safe assumption that this wasn't his first turn behind the wheel of a big rig. That may be relevant to what happened in Minnesota, as news reports seemingly suggest an experienced truck driver—traveling through a famously-cold state in January—simply lost control in snow and ice. Is that possible? Maybe, but such conclusions may be premature when so many possible variables haven't been addressed.

That's why it's important to make sure investigators do a thorough job and address each of those potential factors. The whole story must be learned because the victim can't tell it and his family deserves to know it. I hope authorities will take the time and care needed to get them a satisfactory explanation; at the end of the day that's what matters most.

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