Patricia Harp Franklin Injured in Truck Accident in Liberty County, TX
Liberty County, TX -- May 19, 2021, Patricia Harp Franklin was injured due to an accident where a truck crashed and overturned.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 4:36 p.m. along CR-388 near the intersection of FM 2025.
According to officials, 71-year-old Patricia Harp Franklin was eastbound along the roadway in a Chevy Cruze. From oncoming lanes, a semi truck reportedly lost control and flipped over across both lanes. Franklin's vehicle then hit the truck.
Franklin reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries due to the crash. In reports, investigators said it appeared the truck had drifted off the right side of the road while trying to make room for Franklin's approaching vehicle. At this time, it's unclear if any other factors contributed to the crash.
Commentary on Patricia Harp Franklin Truck Accident in Liberty County
It seems like a lot has to go wrong for someone to drift off-road just trying to make room for another vehicle. It's possible there are inherent hazards with this particular stretch of road that can be addressed, but things like this can also involve drivers who just aren't very aware of their surroundings. That's one of the reasons it's important to investigate a driver's history and training records. There could be a situation like one I handled not long ago where it turned out a reckless truck driver was actually just someone whose employer neglected to put them through crucial training, ultimately putting his life and the lives of others in serious jeopardy. Maybe that isn't what happened here, but were investigations thorough enough to make sure the victim got all the facts they needed?