Ashyah Castillo Injured in 8-Vehicle Accident on FM 973 near Manor, TX
UPDATE (January 26, 2022): The injured party in this crash has been identified as 19-year-old Ashyah Castillo.
Manor, TX -- January 4, 2022, injuries were reported after an multi-vehicle pileup involving a tractor-trailer on Farm to Market Road 973 near Manor.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:25 p.m. in the area of 13000-13149 North FM 973. Preliminary investigation suggests a Volvo semi-truck leaked fuel along the roadway in the area, causing the surface to become slick and leading to several more vehicles to slide around and crash into one another in unknown order.
One adult was transported to an Austin hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. A second patient reportedly refused transport from the scene.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Ashyah Castillo Multi-Vehicle Accident on FM 973 near Manor
With big multi-vehicle wrecks like this, it's not unusual for police to need more time to assemble the facts of the matter. Unfortunately a few extra hours isn't always enough to do so. It can take serious equipment, training, and a great deal of time to make sure nothing important slips through the cracks. I've found frequently throughout my career that police departments rarely provide officers with all three of those resources.
If traffic investigators don't know what to look for, if they don't have the proper equipment to analyze the scene, or if they get pulled away to other responsibilities before they've had an opportunity to carefully examine the crash, it usually means crash victims get incomplete reports with omissions and/or overlooked details. That can be highly detrimental if they seek to hold someone accountable for causing the wreck, which is one reason I so frequently rely on independent accident reconstructionists when it comes to wrecks involving commercial vehicles.
To be clear, I have no inside information beyond what limited news releases currently say. I'm not pointing fingers at the truck driver in the crash-up near Manor, but rather noting that the presence of a commercial truck often complicates matters and compounds the need for careful and thorough investigation. Without it there is ample opportunity for the narrative to get skewed or "creatively interpreted" to suit the trucking company's needs--most notably to avoid liability.
Most of the victims and families who have approached the firm after the hundreds of commercial wrecks I've worked on have wanted--more than anything--to get answers about what happened to them. Taking steps to get them those answers is crucial both for getting them closure and for holding anyone who contributed to their hardships properly accountable. Maybe those steps are being taken here, but it's best not to wait around to find out. The sooner seasoned professionals get to the evidence, the more they can put in the hands of the victims and families.