Tilden, TX — An 18-wheeler apparently lost control and killed three people near Tilden last Sunday when it veered into oncoming traffic. The accident happened on Highway 72 near Tilden, but no names are being released right now, says Texas DPS.

Additionally, not a lot of details are being released about the accident itself. Right now, it appears that an 18-wheeler swerved across the center lines and crashed head-on into a pickup truck.  There were three people in the pickup truck and all were killed at the scene.

The driver and one of the passengers in the pickup were ejected during the crash. The 18-wheeler driver was also injured and at last update, he was in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

McMullen County authorities said they’re still working on their investigation.

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Commentary:

I’ve seen a lot accidents like these in time, and the reasons for the trucker losing control can anything from simple inattention, mechanical issues, or even intoxication. Obviously, I didn’t witness this wreck, so I don’t know all the details, but I’m guessing the police report will give a pretty clear picture of what really happened. As far as trucking accidents go, the outcome is usually the same: the trucker isn’t too badly hurt, but anyone in a smaller car is killed or seriously injured.

Most people don’t know this, but the trucking company almost always defends their driver in these kinds of accidents. That is to say, even if their driver is at fault, the trucking company will still pool their resources to deny liability. I don’t want to sound insensitive here, but their biggest motive is a financial one. The trucking company has a vested interest in their driver and they want to protect themselves from losing any more money than is absolutely necessary. It sounds harsh, but that’s the way these businesses work. Unfortunately, it’s the other drivers on the road who end up paying for trucking company’s “deliver the load as fast as possible” business model. Sometimes, a truck driver himself can be a victim of his own company when they force him to drive long hours or offer ridiculous incentives for staying behind the wheel long past regulatory hours.

Again, I don’t know all the details here, but any one of the scenarios wouldn’t surprise me much.

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