Kami Gines Killed in Oil Truck Accident on Route 40 near Myton, UT
UPDATE (February 15, 2023): Recent reports identified the woman killed in the crash as 32-year-old Kami Gines. Additional details surrounding the crash are unavailable at this time.
Myton, UT -- February 13, 2023, a woman was killed after an accident where a semi-truck crashed with her vehicle along State Route 40.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 6:45 a.m. near mile marker 103 along Route 40/US 191. It appears an unidentified 32-year-old woman was in a Hyundai Kona traveling eastbound on the highway. From oncoming lanes, authorities believe that a "hot oil truck" drifted across the center line and crashed head-on into the Hyundai. The woman in the car died as a result of the crash. No other injuries were reported.
Right now, no further information can be confirmed. But to be rather frank, there aren't many situations where this sort of crash happens without the truck driver making a serious mistake. What was it here? Early in the morning, is it possible the driver was fatigued? Were they on their phone? Photos show snow on the ground, but a professional driver in Utah in February should be able to adjust for those conditions. Was this driver going too fast or driving on worn tires?
All that said, it's important to let the evidence speak for itself. As I said, the most likely explanation in crossover wrecks like this is that the driver who crossed over did something wrong, but that's not the only possibility. I've seen anything from mechanical defects to medical emergencies to road hazards cause a deadly truck wreck. At the end of the day, this woman's loved ones deserve to know they're getting the full story. As much as my experience tells me what most likely happened here, it also tells me that it will take time and thorough investigations to say for sure.