• January 17, 2023

Rene Fugueroa Jr. Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Clark County, KS

Clark County, KS -- January 16, 2023, Rene Fugueroa Jr. was killed following an accident where a semi-truck crashed off-road.

Initial details from the Kansas Highway Patrol said that the incident happened at around 11:00 a.m. outside of Ashland. It appears that 42-year-old Rene Fugueroa Jr. was in a semi-truck traveling eastbound along US 160. The truck somehow went off-road into the ditch where it then overturned. As a result, Fugueroa sustained fatal injuries. The cause of the crash remains unclear.

Rene Fugueroa Jr. Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Clark County, KS

I certainly don't know what happened here beyond what's in the news, but I know just how challenging it is being a truck driver. I've known many throughout my years that exercised the incredible care, skill, and awareness it takes to do the job safely. I know some people are tempted to blame the driver following any single-vehicle wreck. As common as things like distraction and speeding may be, they're only a few of the possible reasons a rollover crash like this may happen.

Were there mechanical issues? A cargo shift? Road hazards? Some other reckless driver that left the scene? A medical emergency? If this man was an experienced truck driver, then I would be skeptical that he was simply being reckless. That's why I hope authorities are similarly skeptical, otherwise important information may slip through the cracks. The victim's loved ones should know they're getting the full story.


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