Jerry Austin Duncan Injured in Truck Accident in Van Zandt County, TX
Van Zandt County, TX -- January 5, 2022, Jerry Austin Duncan was injured as the result of an accident where a semi-truck hit his vehicle.
Officials reported that the crash took place at around 6:30 p.m. along Highway 64 at County Road 2111.
Investigators said that 76-year-old Jerry Austin Duncan was in a pickup traveling eastbound along the highway. Police say that Duncan mad an improper left turn across the path of an oncoming semi-truck. The two vehicles then collided.
Duncan sustained incapacitating injuries while the semi driver was possibly injured. Right now, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Jerry Austin Duncan Truck Accident in Van Zandt County
I don't want to suggest I know anything about this crash not mentioned in the reports, but it's important to take all of these details with a grain of salt. If 30 years of experience and hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks taught me anything, it's that these reports don't always tell the whole story. It's possible there is more to what happened here that would change people's opinion about what exactly went wrong.
Take for example a crash that came to me a while back in which a woman reportedly cut off an 18-wheeler making a left turn, leading to a fatal crash. That facts seemed pretty obvious, but independent investigations revealed some complicating factors. For one, it was very foggy at the time, and the 18-wheeler's headlights were dirty and dim. Not only that, but evidence suggested that the 18-wheeler may have been driving too fast. So while those details didn't necessarily excuse the woman of any wrongdoing, it certainly presented a situation that was anything but straight-forward.
Perhaps nothing like that happened here, but were the investigators looking into this situation experienced enough to investigate even the unlikely possible factors surrounding the crash? If nothing else, giving folks the benefit of the doubt to consider avenues to get them some much needed help would be prudent.