Some things are just hard to figure out. When bad luck and bad timing get together, sometimes things get ugly.
They got together Thursday night, and Warren firefighter Marc Titus got caught right in the middle of it.
Titus was killed while riding his motorcycle on state Route 11. The events immediately preceding his wreck were odd, to say the least. To be riding along one minute and all of a sudden the next minute see a tractor-trailer on its side in the middle of the highway in front of you had to be terrifying.
That's what happened at about 11:30 p.m., when the tractor-trailer was traveling north and the dump-bed trailer being pulled by the truck apparently was up and hit the King Graves Road overpass. The truck flipped onto its side and Titus came along a ''short while later,'' according the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and struck the truck.
The odd thing here is the term ''short while later.'' Apparently, either the lights were off on the truck, lighting was poor in that area, if there was any at all, or the truck was positioned in a way that motorists could not see the lights.
The hydraulic boom and the dump-bed trailer might sound familiar. It was in 2007 when a truck driver from Pennsylvania had a similar thing happen. The boom on his truck was up and it hit an overpass - on state Route 11 oddly enough - and he was killed in the crash. That accident closed state Route 11 at Niles Vienna Road for months due to damage to the bridge. The estate of the deceased has filed a lawsuit against the company that owned the truck.
I didn't know Titus personally, but many people here at the newspaper knew him well. He was a veteran firefighter and I know many people are shocked by this tragic twist of fate. He was only 46.
The celebration marking the 200th anniversary of the first newspaper published in Trumbull County - June 9, 1812 - has come and gone.
A lot of work went into the observation, and it culminated Saturday at Courthouse Square in downtown Warren. It has been fun publishing all the stories that looked back at the history of news in the county.
Beautiful weather helped entice many people to go to the observation at the courthouse and watch some of the many presentations and activities. It featured historic displays, exhibits, talks, arts and entertainment.
For those who didn't take part in the Founders Festival, we published a special section Saturday featuring the news and headlines from many communities in the county as far back as could be obtained. It was interesting reading and certainly a keepsake. Whether you went to the festival or read the keepsake, I hope you enjoyed it.
Robinson is the editor of the Tribune Chronicle. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org