• February 21, 2023

One Killed, One Injured in Garbage Truck Accident on Dort Highway in Genesee Township, MI

Genesee Township, MI -- February 20, 2023, one person was killed and one was injured after an accident involving a garbage truck.

Officials said that the crash happened at around 6:40 a.m. along Dort Highway at Stanley Road. It appears that a garbage truck traveling along the road somehow collided with another vehicle. The truck then hit a pole.

The 56-yar-old man in the truck was pronounced deceased following the crash. A 45-year-old Clio woman in the other vehicle was seriously injured. Right now, a cause for the crash has not been confirmed.

To be clear up front, I don't know anything more about this crash than what's already available to the public. But certain factors make me wonder if both of these drivers may have been victims of factors completely beyond their control. Why do I say this?

Genesee Township, MI Garbage Truck Accident Kills 1, Injures 1 on Dort Highway

There are images that appear to show the truck involved in the crash. I looked up the company on that truck in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration online database, and what I found is troubling, to say the least. Data on the company I found shows that they have a vehicle inspection failure rate of over twice the national average, which is nearly 50%.

If that's accurate, then this company has close to a one in two chance of a vehicle being unsafe to operate? Is that really the company that was involved in this crash? If so, are authorities working to find out if some kind of mechanical issue led to this horrible crash? It's possible neglected maintenance or something similar led not only to one person being hurt but also their own employee being killed. That's not at all the sort of thing that can be taken lightly, since there could be others still in danger.

Like I said, there needs to be more evidence to clarify if these are the same companies and what exactly caused the crash. But if all this smoke leads to a fire, it seems a few failed inspections didn't stop whatever behavior the company engaged in. Maybe more serious consequences can get better that message across before more families have to suffer.


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