Teen Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on County Line Rd in Horsham, PA
Horsham, PA — February 7, 2023, a 19-year-old driver died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on County Line Road in Horsham.
Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday morning on the 300 block of County Line near Norristown Road, by the Montgomery/Bucks County border. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was driving a passenger vehicle when they somehow collided with an 18-wheeler in the area. Images at the scene show a car with severe damage stopped near a semi-truck with an attached dump trailer.
The teen driver was fatally injured in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
I certainly can't shed light on what happened here beyond what's in the news, but it brings to mind an important point I make regularly on this blog: Never jump to conclusions. Rarely is that more important to mention than when a young driver is involved.
Folks have a troubling tendency to blame teens and young adults for their accidents, citing inexperience or the general carelessness of youth as possible factors. However, that's entirely unfair when there are still so many questions that still need answers after a crash. Investigators have a great deal of work to do analyzing the scene, finding witnesses, examining the vehicles, looking for helpful video footage from the truck or nearby traffic cameras, and rounding up any other helpful sources of clear information, and while they do that it's best not to speculate from the sidelines.
All I'm saying is that it's important to be thorough and find out not only what happened, but also exactly how and why things went that way. The end of a young life seems like more than enough reason to learn the whole story, and the victim's loved ones deserve no less. I hope before all is said and done that authorities bring them real answers that provide some closure.