• February 04, 2022

Abilene Woman Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-35E in Milford, TX

Milford, TX -- November 11, 2021, an Abilene woman was killed due to an accident where an 18-wheeler struck her disabled vehicle on I-35E.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 9:22 p.m. along I-35E in the area of FM 308.

Ellis County departments responded to the scene along northbound lanes. Investigators said that a 32-year-old Abilene woman was in a Hyundai Santa Fe that somehow became disabled along the right lane of travel. While there, an 18-wheeler slammed into the car.

The woman in the Hyundai sustained fatal injuries. Right now, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Abilene Woman 18-wheeler Accident on I-35E in Milford

There doesn't seem to be any new information about this crash, yet the initial details are incredibly concerning. I had a case not long ago that had details similar to these, and the cause of that crash was pretty shocking. Initially, the family came to us with reports saying that the truck driver couldn't see the disabled vehicle because its lights were off, and it was too dark out.

We started digging into things, and our investigations revealed the truck had dash cam footage and a camera inside the driver's cab. We filed court orders to preserve and gain access to that evidence, and the true story finally came to light.

Abilene Woman 18-wheeler Accident I-35E fm 308 Milford ellis county TX

The video clearly showed that the victim's vehicle was visible about three quarters of a mile down the road. So why didn't the truck driver move over? Well, the cabin footage showed he was too busy watching shows on his tablet to actually look up at the road. By the time he did, it was already too late to avoid the collision.

Now, I'm not saying that happened here. But when authorities barely say two sentences about what happened, my experience tells me there could be a lot of important information not getting the attention it deserves. Whether this tragic event was avoidable or not, the victim's loved ones at least deserve to know they're getting the full story. That would only be more true if it turned out someone needs to be held accountable for what happened here. If authorities aren't taking these steps, then the crash may be better off in the hands of independent professionals.

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