Lacy Green Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-20 in Van Zandt County, TX
Van Zandt County, TX -- January 13, 2022, 24-year-old Lacy Green was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Interstate 20 in Van Zandt County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:50 a.m. on I-20 near Farm to Market Road 47. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth semi-truck with an attached trailer was traveling west in the outside lane of the interstate. Nearby, Green was riding in a Toyota Tundra pickup headed west in the inside lane.
Reports say the Toyota driver overtook the big rig and then merged into the outside lane in front of it. Traffic ahead of the two vehicles slowed and the pickup slowed, at which point the semi-truck rear-ended it at an angle. The impact sent the Toyota off the road and it overturned, rolling several times before coming to rest upright.
Green received minor injuries in the crash. A child in the back seat of the Toyota was transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment of possible injuries. Neither driver was hurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Lacy Green Accident on I-20 in Van Zandt County
While I'm sure this accident was highly alarming to be involved in, it's at least a silver lining that reports say the injuries sustained weren't serious. However, I can't help but feel a little skeptical when early reports--ones that don't necessarily have all the facts--downplay a victim's damages.
I don't mean to say things are certain to get worse or that reports are mistaken. I just know from long experience working on truck crashes that sometimes injuries take a little while to show their true nature. I worked on a wreck not long ago where a man was diagnosed with a sore back after an 18-wheeler rear-ended his vehicle. Doctors told him he was lucky to get off so light, then prescribed a week or so of ibuprofen and bed rest. He tried to relax at home but his pain increased quickly and dramatically until it almost paralyzed him. He returned to the ER and learned the collision actually ruptured a disk in his spine. That "sore back" required painful surgery and months of physical therapy, all while the responsible trucking company and their insurer claimed they weren't liable for anything beyond the original diagnosis.
Obviously I hope the situation in Van Zandt County doesn't go that way and there's no particular reason to think it will. I only mean that wrecks like this one should always be taken seriously even if their aftermath doesn't immediately seem dire. I have seen too many cases where victims are told they're "fine" only for their injuries to flare up later--sometimes when it's too late to take any action.