Blayne McCoslin Injured in Truck Accident on FM 2479 in Limestone County, TX
Limestone County, TX -- October 5, 2021, 52-year-old Blayne McCoslin was injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Farm to Market Road 2479 in Limestone County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:50 a.m. on FM 2749 near County Road 720. Preliminary investigation suggests McCoslin was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck south on the roadway as a non-contact semi-truck of unknown make or model was traveling north nearby. Reports indicate the semi-truck failed to maintain a single lane in a curve, forcing McCoslin to swerve out of its path. The Dodge veered off the road to the right and McCoslin over-corrected, causing the pickup to travel across the lanes and enter a side-skid. It slid off the east side of the road, still spinning, then hit a culvert and overturned. It rolled before coming to rest on its roof on the east side of the road.
McCoslinn suffered minor injuries in the accident. No other injuries were reported. The non-contact semi-truck did not remain at the scene.
No further information is currently available.
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It's disturbing to see an incident like this where a professional truck driver supposedly let his vehicle drift left of center in a curve, then left the scene without finding out what happened to the pickup he apparently drove off the road. If a hit-and-run requires a "hit" to technically qualify, it's still quite disturbing that a "run" happened here. It's unclear whether authorities found any leads to help them track down that non-contact truck, but if its driver truly was responsible for this crash and the victim's injuries it seems important to find them before they can do anything else unsafe behind the wheel of 40 tons of steel and fiberglass.
It's interesting to see that investigators also dinged the victim's "faulty evasive action" as a reason for the crash. Reading that on reports typically makes me think of someone throwing a random punch and then blaming their victim for not ducking, and while the described details read like the victim may have lost control while avoid the truck that seems pretty forgivable if the alternative was getting hit.
At the very least there appears to be some silver lining in that the injuries here are described as minor. Considering the wild ride that ensued after the pickup left the road I'd call that a small miracle, and I'm glad to see it. I can't help but feel some concern, however, when I see preliminary reports characterize the damage done as minor. Did the officer at the scene really have all the facts necessary to make that call? I've seen more than a few crashes where the adrenaline wore off and someone was in much worse shape than initially thought.
Not long ago I worked on a case where a man's supposed "sore back" turned into near-paralyzing pain within a week of being rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. ER scans showed the crash actually ruptured a disk in his spine, the effects of which just took a little time to show themselves. Not only did he need major surgery and extensive physical therapy, but it also took months of back-and-forth to get the at-fault company's insurer to cover his treatment as they so clearly should have. Ultimately very little about his experience was "minor."
Obviously I hope nothing of the sort happens in Limestone County, and there's no particular reason to think it will. However, the possibility that things aren't quite what they appear is one of the reasons I always tell folks they need to take appropriate measures after any truck wreck--even if early reports downplay its impact. At worse they'll be overprepared and not need it, which is a great deal better than the opposite.