Rosanne Galindo Killed, 1 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-37 in Elmendorf, TX
UPDATE (April 13, 2022): In recent reports, authorities say they're looking into fatigue as a possible factor. It appears that the 18-wheeler was going southbound on the interstate when it somehow rear-ended the vehicle Rosanne Galindo was in. Investigations are ongoing.
UPDATE (March 14, 2022): Reports identified the woman killed in the accident as 44-year-old Rosanne Galindo. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable at this time.
Elmendorf, TX -- March 10, 2022, one person was killed and one was injured as the result of an accident between a big rig and another vehicle on I-37.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 12:30 a.m. along I-37 in the area of Southton Road.
Officials said that a vehicle and a big rig were in the southbound lanes when a collision occurred. The cause of the crash is unclear at this time.
Due to the crash, one person succumbed to fatal injuries. Another had life-threatening injuries. Additional details about the crash are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Rosanne Galindo Big Rig Accident on I-37 in Elmendorf
UPDATE (April 13, 2022): With recent reports saying fatigue could be a factor here, that could make things rather complex. Some may assume it's just about finding out if the truck driver screwed up or not, but there's usually more to it when an experience truck wreck investigator looks into things. Even if the truck driver did make a mistake here, it may not have been their mistake alone.
I had a crash not long ago for example where a fatigued trucker caused a wreck after being behind the wheel for over 20 hours straight. As we kept digging into things, it turned out he was trying to meet an absolutely ludicrous deadline set by his employer. This company would routinely set these ridiculous deadlines, and if drivers didn't cut corners to meet them, they risked losing their jobs. It should have been obvious that forcing drivers to choose between being safe and putting food on their family's table was a recipe for disaster.
Again, investigations could still show that there were other extenuating factors leading to the crash--perhaps factors that the truck driver had no control over. The key is to make sure the professionals looking into things have years of experience examining truck wrecks as well as the tools needed to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks.
ORIGINAL: It's not unusual for there to be so few details this soon after a serious commercial truck wreck. The key, however, is to make sure the right people are handling things as soon as possible. Authorities may have the tools and training to handle this situation, but countless times in my career across hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks, waiting around for the authorities only resulted in incomplete or inaccurate reports. For folks in need of help or looking for answers about the death of a loved one, that simply won't do.
That's one of the reasons I always rely on independent accident reconstructions, and it's best others consider this, as well. Making sure experienced and dedicated professionals handle the details helps to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks. Was there a mechanical failure? Drugs or alcohol? Cell phone usage? A tire defect? Another reckless driver that left the scene? Common or uncommon, having the right tools means ensuring nothing important slips through the cracks. Getting people the help they need is always a priority, as is holding people accountable for any mistakes that led to the crash. Accomplishing those goals, however, means getting the facts. Are the proper steps being taken here to get those facts?