BLUE EARTH COUNTY, Minnesota—Gabriela Rose Hebl, 16, was severely injured in a crash with a dump truck on September 12, 2022. The accident occurred on Highway 14 at the intersection of County Road 17, approximately 10 miles east of Mankato, Minnesota. Sadly, Hebl passed away due to injuries sustained in the accident on September 13, 2022.
Minnesota State Patrol reports that the crash happened as the driver of the dump truck was traveling eastbound on Highway 14 and attempted to make a turn onto County Road 17. As the dump truck turned, it collided with an SUV driven by Hebl.
Hebl was transported by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, where she has since passed away. The condition of the dump truck driver is unknown.
Authorities believe both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash and have ruled out alcohol as a contributing factor to the accident.
Investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. No further details have been released.
The facts suggest the trucker failed to yield and caused the death of an innocent girl
It is deeply saddening to read about the untimely passing of such a young woman with so much potential and life ahead of her. From the few details available to the public, it appears that Hebl was simply caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that split-second cost her life. Indeed, the facts suggest that the dump truck driver may have failed to yield to Hebl in her SUV as it made the turn onto County Road 17. If so, Hebl’s family deserves answers from the dump truck driver, any company that might own the dump truck, and authorities investigating the crash site.
Dump truck drivers are tasked with the responsibility of hauling hundreds of pounds of material safely from various sites. Although we do not know whether the dump truck that killed Hebl was loaded at the time of the accident, we do know that, even when not hauling material, dump trucks are incredibly heavy and difficult to maneuver. This is why dump truck drivers have to remain especially vigilant while driving: one wrong move in a dump truck can have a fatal consequence for the driver or other motorists on the roadway.
Additionally, companies that own dump trucks and hire drivers are responsible for the safety of those drivers, as well as their hiring and ongoing training. Trucking and/or construction companies that hire dump truck drivers must ensure the drivers are capable of fulfilling their job duties in a consistently safe manner because anything to the contrary may constitute negligence. These trucking companies must also provide their drivers with ongoing training about safety procedures and protocols related to driving heavy machinery.
If the dump truck driver that killed Hebl had a bad driving record, was not properly trained, or did not value the safety of others enough to follow basic rules of the road, then Hebl’s family would likely succeed in a lawsuit against the dump truck driver and, quite possibly, the driver’s employer. These steps can be taken with the help of an experienced attorney.