Some crashes happen late at night, or early in the morning, at times when the road does not carry much, if any, traffic. Under these conditions, it could even be hours before passersby discover some car accidents. Police officers here in Ohio and elsewhere make preliminary findings that may turn out not to be the primary cause of a particular crash.
For example, on a recent Friday at around 7:30 a.m., the driver of a vehicle passing by a stretch of road near a railroad track discovered the wreckage of a single-vehicle accident. When police arrived, it was confirmed that the three occupants of the vehicle, who were apparently ejected during the crash, were pronounced dead at the scene. With no one involved left alive to tell them what happened, police began their investigation.
It was first established that the crash must have occurred somewhere between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Officers suspected that speed played a factor in the accident due to evidence at the scene. However, those who knew the deceased men question this supposition. The reason why is because the truck may have had a mechanical issue of which the owner was aware. As a result, those who knew the driver say he would not have been speeding.
Another theory was that a train could have contributed to the accident. After further inquiries, that theory was dismissed since no trains had been through the area in quite some time. As would be needed in similar car accidents, further investigation may be needed in order to determine the final cause of this tragedy. In the meantime, the families of the passengers retain the right to conduct their own investigations as part of a wrongful death claim filed in an Ohio civil court against the driver's estate.