Michael J. Stump Injured in Semi-Truck Accident near Greenville, OH
Darke County, OH — November 17, 2023, Michael Stump sustained injuries as the result of a truck accident which happened on Ohio 502 at around 2:00 p.m.
Investigators said in preliminary statements that the crash took place at the intersection of State Route 502 and New Madison Coletown Road, which is just west of Greenville.
According to officials, 45-year-old Michael J. Stump was in a Ford truck going eastbound along the highway at the time. At the intersection, authorities say that a Freightliner truck failed to yield going southbound on New Madison Coletown Road. Due to this, the two trucks collided with each other.
After the crash, Stump was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries, following which he was transported a second hospital for further treatment. Others involved had apparently minor injuries. There are no reported charges or citations at this time, but depending on what exactly happened here,
I find it hard to believe that will remain true as authorities continue the investigations. I haven't really been able to find any up to date images of this crossing, but what little I've found shows a relatively open intersection where visibility shouldn't be a problem for a professional truck driver barring some unusual circumstances (which there has been no mention of one way or another). Considering this all happened during daylight hours, how is it that there were two people in a commercial truck, and that truck still managed to pull into the path of a rather large pickup?
Folks may be quick to assume distraction was a factor, and to be blunt, that's pretty darn likely. But without clear evidence, any claim is mere speculation. That's why I can only hope authorities here have handled complex commercial truck wrecks of this magnitude before. Investigators need to be able to look into driver history, company records, maintenance history, roadway conditions, cell phone records, drug and alcohol testing, just to name a few. Otherwise, there could be something unusual that slips through the cracks.