Driver Injured in 18-wheeler Rollover Accident on I-10 in Kimble County, TX
Kimble County, TX -- April 23, 2021, a truck driver was injured after an accident where an 18-wheeler and a truck crashed along I-10.
Investigators reported that the crash happened at around 3:13 p.m. near mile marker 475 along I-10.
Preliminary reports said that a 64-year-old man was in a Freightliner traveling along westbound lanes of I-10. Police said the 18-wheeler did not slow down in time to avoid a truck hauling a trailer. This caused the 18-wheeler to lose control and overturn across highway lanes. The truck's trailer came loose and careened off-road.
Due to the crash, the 18-wheeler driver had incapacitating injuries. The truck driver was uninjured. Reports say the 18-wheeler driver claimed he has a history of heart attacks and experienced chest pains prior to the crash, then passed out. Reports also say that the truck and trailer were moving at approximately 45 MPH in a zone officers say has an 80 MPH speed limit.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on 18-wheeler Rollover Accident on I-10 in Kimble County
To put this simply, there's nothing simple about this crash. On one hand, there's the possibility an 18-wheeler driver suffered a sudden medical emergency while driving. That's generally not something one can avoid, but the truck driver told police he has a history of heart-related issues. That reminds me of a truck wreck I once handled with very similar circumstances.
In that case, a truck driver had a medical emergency and caused a serious crash. When we dug into his history, we found his medical conditions were easily predictable, and they were persistent enough that the man shouldn't have been behind the wheel of a commercial truck. It just wasn't safe for him or for other motorists. His employer, however, either ignored this or failed to properly check the driver's qualifications. As such, they were responsible for what others would have assumed was some unavoidable crash. I'm not saying that happened here, but the similarities certainly raise some red flags.
Additionally, however, the police say the truck pulling the trailer was going nearly half the speed limit. That is just outright unacceptable in almost any situation. The reports make no mention that the driver was in traffic or experiencing some kind of mechanical issue. A driver traveling that slowly on an interstate--especially out in rural areas with such high speed limits--is downright reckless. Could it be that was more of a factor here than the 18-wheeler driver's supposed medical issue? That's not for me to say, of course. That's why there should be more thorough investigations into what exactly happened here.