• February 13, 2023

Robert Combs Killed, Joseph Reuss Injured in Dump Truck Accident in Guernsey County, OH

Guernsey County, OH -- February 7, 2023, Robert Combs was killed and Joseph Reuss was injured after a multi-truck accident.

Investigators said that the accident happened along I-77 near mile marker 51 just after 9:00 a.m. Right now, the cause of the crash remains unclear.

Authorities said that 51-year-old Robert Combs was in a dump truck which somehow lost control and overturned along the side of the road. The truck ended up blocking a portion of southbound lanes, and two commercial vehicles struck either Combs's vehicle or the cargo that spilled in the road.

Robert Combs Killed, Joseph Reuss Injured in Dump Truck Accident in Guernsey County, OH

Combs sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. One of the other drivers, Joseph Reuss, was taken to a hospital. No further information is available at this time.

A commercial truck wreck like this is complex enough without so many of them being involved. No doubt the scene was incredibly chaotic, and I can only hope the authorities investigating things aren't swamped with other responsibilities. Crashes like this require undivided attention from experienced and well-equipped investigators.

Cell phone records, maintenance history, mechanical issues, hours of service logs, cargo shifts, brake or tire issues, road conditions, medical history—all kinds of factors can lead to a deadly truck wreck like this. If authorities aren't taking the time to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks, who is working to ensure the victims and families get the answers they deserve?


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