Cincinnati, Ohio – On June 4, 2021, two people were killed when semi-trailers collided head-on on Interstate 75 in Cincinnati.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 p.m. on I-75 near marker 3.8. Preliminary investigation suggests that a southbound 18-wheeled vehicle lost control for unknown reasons and crashed through the concrete separation barrier, entering the northbound lane. The southbound truck then collided almost head-on with a northbound semi-truck. On impact, the southbound truck caught fire.
The driver and passenger of the southbound truck were killed in the collision. The condition of the driver of the northbound truck is unknown.
The accident remains under investigation. No other information is available at the moment.
Commentary on the crash of an 18-Wheeler on I-75 in Cincinnati
Some people think that the aftermath of a commercial truck accident tends to work out on its own, as it is assumed that “the model workers will take care of it.” In some cases this is true, but it is more complex and circumstantial than it suggests. Things can be more complicated than they initially appear, partly depending on why the passenger was in that truck at the time.
For example, if the passenger of the truck was the driver’s colleague, then this would all likely be treated as a work accident and would be handled by workers’ compensation. However, if the passenger was not a colleague or if he did nothing in the course and scope of their official duties at the time, there may be other considerations.
After an accident, an unaffiliated passenger or employee on leave would generally be treated like anyone else outside of the truck that was struck by it. Passengers can’t really cause an accident without doing something drastic like pulling the steering wheel or attacking the driver. As such, the driver – and by extension their employer – would be responsible for passenger injuries, as most crashes like this are due to driver error. This is not established in the preliminary reports and I am not laying any charges; after all, something unpredictable like a flat tire or a sudden medical episode could still have caused the driver to lose control. Only further investigation could tell for sure.
The top priority for this crash right now is to find out exactly what caused it and whether it could have been avoided. The consequences of the accident and the possible routes for the victims and their families will depend in part on the results of a more in-depth investigation.[jump]