Two Injured in Truck Accident on Highway 36 in Washington County, TX
Washington County, TX -- April 8, 2021, two people sustained injuries due to an accident where a truck and another vehicle collided along Highway 36.
Preliminary investigations said that the crash took place at around 7:26 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 36 and Old Phillipsburg Road.
Initial details indicated that there was fog in the area at the time of the accident. A Dodge Ram 2500 with a trailer was traveling southbound on the highway. At Old Phillipsburg, the truck attempted to make a turn, entering the path of a northbound Toyota Camry. This resulted in a collision.
Two people in the Camry had injuries, one with non-incapacitating injuries. Police say the Camry had the right-of-way, but it had only its hazards on at the time and not its headlights. Right now, no further information is available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on Highway 36 in Washington County
These are certainly concerning details here. Police say the Camry driver at least took steps to use their hazards, and they had their headlights on "auto", but they reportedly weren't on. I'm curious how they came to that conclusion. It's possible the headlights were still intact when authorities got to the scene so they could confirm this. Otherwise, a detail like that would likely be from a statement from the truck driver.
Is that really what happened, or did the driver simply claim they couldn't see the headlights? Drivers obviously have precautions they must take when it's foggy out. That includes both drivers with the right-of-way driving at appropriate speeds with lights on as well as truck drivers making left turns being extra vigilant of oncoming vehicles. If they can't safely determine if there's oncoming traffic, they should find somewhere where they can make a protected turn, even if it's out of the way of their destination.
Ultimately, anyone with experience wouldn't feel comfortable drawing conclusions based on these reports. There are simply too many variables, and that means there likely needs to be a more thorough independent accident reconstruction to determine how all of this could have been avoided.