2 Killed, 1 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-30 in Mesquite, TX
Mesquite, TX -- January 14, 2022, two people were killed and one person was injured after an accident where their vehicle hit an 18-wheeler along I-30.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 4:11 a.m. along I-30 in the Gus Thomasson Road area.
Officials said that a Nissan Sentra was eastbound along the interstate when it somehow crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler reportedly stopped for construction.
Due to the collision, the driver and a passenger in the Nissan succumbed to fatal injuries. Another passenger had incapacitating injuries.
Police said that the driver may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Mesquite 18-wheeler Accident at Gus Thomasson
While it's important to take early reports like this with a grain of salt until there are more facts available, any mention of alcohol needs to be taken seriously. That's true with any crash, but the possibility that someone gave alcohol to an underage drinker raises a few more concerning issues.
For one, if that alcohol came from a local business, then making sure they're held accountable for serving to minors would be crucial, otherwise they'd likely continue doing so. But even if the driver was of age, finding a complicit alcohol provider would still be an important step.
According to dram shop law, an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. For a family that lost their loved one, most reasonable people would agree they deserve to know if a local business broke the law and contributed to that loss.
Of course, that all depends on what all led to this crash. For all we know, further investigations could show there were actually extenuating circumstances the driver had no control over that led to the accident. Simply making sure there are thorough investigations to find out for sure is an important step forward.