GLENCOE, Minnesota—Gary Vogt, 72, passed away on October 3, 2022, in a crash with an overturned semi-truck that occurred around 4:15 a.m. on Highway 212 near Glencoe, Minnesota.
Authorities report that Timothy Millhouse, 53, was driving a semi-truck east on Highway 212 when he lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. The semi-truck crashed into the median and overturned, blocking the westbound lanes. Then, Vogt crashed into the overturned big rig while traveling westbound.
Vogt died in the crash, but Millhouse reportedly suffered no injuries.
Investigation into this crash continues. No other details are currently available.
A serious risk of harm was created when a big rig wrecked and blocked the westbound lanes
At 4:15 in the morning, very few drivers expect to be stopped by any traffic, let alone an entire semi-truck blocking both lanes of the highway. Unfortunately, that is exactly the scenario that led to Vogt’s death. Of course, the first question on most people’s minds is: why did the semi-truck overturn? Without the initial semi-truck crash, Vogt would have never been killed in such a sudden and unexpected manner.
Indeed, Vogt’s family is likely questioning whether the semi-truck driver was distracted in the moments before the truck crashed, or whether the accident may have been caused by a mechanical failure brought about by a defective part or tire on the semi. Further still, Vogt’s family should have the right to question the truck driver’s employer, which is likely a large commercial trucking company, about how they prioritize the safety of their drivers and others on the road. It is possible that this truck crashed simply because the driver was tired after multiple hours on the road.
We do not raise these considerations to point blame where blame is not due. However, situations like this really highlight that consequences follow every action we take. The consequence of this crash cost a man his life and will leave a family morning for the rest of theirs. If the actions of someone could have prevented a semi-truck from blocking all lanes of traffic at 4:15 in the morning, those actions should be identified and properly accounted for to make sure they are not repeated in the future.