Clay County, NE — Two people were killed and two were injured in an accident in Clay County, Nebraska, on Thursday, August 28, 2014, when an 18-wheeler crashed into their car. The accident took place at the intersection of Nebraska 14 and U.S. 6.
Police say that Gary and Susan Isom were traveling east on 6 and that the truck was traveling south on 14. The truck failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with the Isom’s vehicle.
Authorities pronounced the two dead at the scene of the accident. In the vehicle with the Isom’s at the time were their teenaged son and their daughter, who’s in her 20s. Both survived the accident and were taken to a hospital in Lincoln.
Police have arrested the driver of the 18-wheeler. His name has not been released.
Scene of the Accident
It would seem that if there was one cardinal rule handed down to truck drivers, it would be to be aware of what’s going on on the road around you. This would include things like other drivers, as well as traffic lights and signs. It just seems like kind of a no-brainer. So I have to shake my head whenever I hear about a truck driver running a stop sign. It’s not as if the things are hard to spot. I have to ask myself, if the driver wasn’t looking at the road, what was he looking at?
Unfortunately, no matter how bad this looks for the truck driver — and it does look bad — the trucking company will still defend it. Commercial vehicles are required to carry a large amount of insurance, and after an accident like this, they just can’t leave that money sitting there on the table. It affects their bottom line, so they have to defend the driver. Hopefully, they’ll still do right by the victim’s children, because if the news reports are accurate, they are most definitely in the wrong.
— Grossman Law Offices