Cody Webb, John Fancher Jr. Injured in Truck Accident in Henderson, KY
Henderson, KY -- February 14, 2023, Cody Webb and John Fancher Jr. were injured after an accident where two trucks collided.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 1:30 p.m. off the corner of Highway 425 and Highway 1299.
While traveling through the area, a dump truck driven by 62-year-old John Fancher Jr. lost control after a tire blew out. This caused the truck to crash into an oncoming semi driven by 23-year-old Cody Webb.
Due to the crash, both Fancher and Webb sustained injuries. Additional details about the crash are unavailable at this time.
One of the bigger challenges with tire blowouts is simply helping people understand that they aren't necessarily unavoidable. As common as this is just a nail or some object in the road, there are other possibilities that make thorough investigations important.
For one, poor maintenance is rather common, as well. That's not to blame the driver here. In fact, commercial trucks raise important concerns about an employer's track record of maintaining their vehicles. I can't begin to count how many truckers have come to me about their employer essentially forcing them to operate trucks that may as well have been ticking time bombs. That's not something that can go unaddressed.
Alternatively, a manufacturing defect is incredibly subtle, and authorities rarely have the specialized tools or training to differentiate between something external blowing out the tire and, for example, poor quality rubber from a bad manufacturer catastrophically failing during normal usage.
For that reason, a crash like this can be far more challenging that even authorities may expect. That's why I try to help people understand those potential challenges so they can consider why it's sometimes better that victims and families don't simply wait around for police to get answers.