Andre Hood Killed, Marquez McDowell Injured in Truck Crash on I-40 in Caddo County, OK
Caddo County, OK -- July 31, 2021, 59-year-old truck driver Andre Hood was killed after his semi-truck went airborne and crashed on Interstate 40 in Caddo County.
Authorities say the incident happened Saturday on I-40 near Hinton. Preliminary investigation suggests that the Freightliner 18-wheeler was traveling east on the interstate when driver Hood allegedly lost control for unknown reasons. The truck left the roadway to the right and traveled roughly 1,300 feet before briefly going airborne and crashing into an embankment on the roadside.
Hood suffered fatal injuries in the wreck. A passenger in the truck, later identified as 27-year-old Marquez McDowell, suffered severe injuries after being ejected during the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Fatal Truck Accident on I-40 in Caddo County
Folks tend to jump to some unfortunate conclusions about driver mistakes after single-vehicle accidents, and even commercial truck accidents get some of that same speculation. However, I think if people just took a moment they'd realize that it's unfair to point fingers or make assumptions when investigators still have so much work to do to even understand how a terrible incident like this occurred.
Is it possible a momentary but costly mistake was behind this accident? Perhaps, but given that truck drivers are specially trained and many of them have years of experience at the wheel those are fairly rare. So could there be more to the story? Absolutely, and that's why it's so important to carefully investigate other possibilities like mechanical issues in the truck, road hazards and design, or possibly even an incapacitating medical emergency.
The bottom line is that many auto accidents are nowhere near as simple as the press portrays them, and that's even more true for commercial truck crashes. Investigators must consider and examine all the possible ways this sad accident might have occurred, then find all the facts and evidence needed to learn which is the truth. The people affected by the accident deserve no less, so I hope what they learned from authorities answered their questions.