One Injured in Crash with Natural Gas Line off US-287 in Mansfield, TX
Mansfield, TX -- March 23, 2022, one person was critically injured when a vehicle crashed into a natural gas line at a well site off U.S. Highway 287 in Mansfield.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. by the intersection of US-287 and State Highway 360. Preliminary investigation suggests a Lincoln Zephyr sedan was speeding south in the northbound lanes of Highway 360's east frontage road when it passed through the "T" intersection of US-287 and plowed into an above-ground natural gas well site on the other side. The crash ruptured a high-pressure gas line at the site and caused a leak followed by a large fire, prompting a brief evacuation of homes within a 1-mile radius. The fire was extinguished and residents were allowed to return around 4:00 a.m.
The driver suffered critical burn injuries in the accident and was airlifted to a Dallas hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Gas Line Crash on US-287 in Mansfield
People may read that a car plowed into a gas line at one in the morning and reach some conclusions of their own about how that happened. Drawing from the common causes of other early-morning accidents, they may say the driver was too sleepy to drive, distracted by a cell phone, or even intoxicated when they lost control.
Any or all of those factors are often behind accidents where a vehicle hits a fixed object, particularly in the wee hours of the morning. However, despite how tempting it may be to jump to such a conclusion it's important not to take anything for granted while investigators look for more facts. Until objective evidence tells the whole story nobody is really qualified to say what happened from the sidelines. For all anyone knows right now, the vehicle could have veered out of its lane due to a mechanical problem or hitting a wet patch of road (Texas was hit by heavy storms overnight on Tuesday). The car could have blown a tire at roadway speeds, or the driver could even have experienced an incapacitating medical problem and lost control.
I'm not trying to overcomplicate this matter or say I know more than what reports convey at this point. I'm only noting that it's unfair to the victim--and frankly irresponsible--to decide for one's self how a terrible accident like this occurred without waiting for more information. Clearly someone was urgently injured in the crash and to be sure their story is known investigators must look for every available source of data and carefully put the whole story together. In some cases the most that comes from that is more answers for the victim and their loved ones, while other times it may reveal that someone else should be held accountable for their role in the serious damage done. Will police investigators be as patient and thorough as is needed to make sure the truth is learned?