• April 12, 2022

Several Injured in Car Accident at Gibbs St & FM 1375 in New Waverly, TX

New Waverly, TX -- April 10, 2022, several people including two infants were injured in a traffic accident on Gibbs Street in New Waverly.

Authorities say the incident happened overnight at the intersection of Gibbs and FM 1375 E. Preliminary investigation suggests several people in one vehicle had just left a wedding celebration when their vehicle collided with another in the crossing under unknown circumstances.

The vehicle with the wedding attendees spun away from the impact and hit a nearby utility pole; the second car went briefly airborne and hit a building, then came to rest upside-down.

The crash occurred a block away from the New Waverly Fire Station and responders immediately arrived at the scene. Three adults and two infants in one vehicle were seriously injured and were transported to a Conroe hospital. The driver of the upside-down vehicle was rescued and transported to a Huntsville hospital.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Car Accident at Gibbs and FM 1375 in New Waverly

I don't want to speculate overmuch about this collision occurred, but I see from images of the intersection that it's controlled by traffic lights. It seems as though one of the most likely explanations for how those vehicles crashed is that one party or the other failed to yield, whether by turning in front of the other vehicle or by running a red light. Those aren't the only explanations, but I suspect investigators will try to figure out if something like that occurred while connecting the dots of the crash.

Of course, they must also look beyond simple issues of driver mistakes like failure to yield. If the crash was truly out of either driver's hands then it wouldn't be right to lay the blame at anyone's feet. Investigators have to consider possible contributing factors like wet or slick roads, improperly-functioning traffic signals, any other vehicles that might have been involved but left the scene, sudden medical episodes suffered by one of the drivers, mechanical defects or malfunctions in their cars, and many other elements.

The goal isn't to overcomplicate things or provide anyone with excuses, just to make sure that the whole truth is learned. If any other steps are warranted or someone specific should be held responsible, knowing that will largely depend on what that truth turns out to be.

Several Injured in Car Accident at Gibbs St & FM 1375 in New Waverly, TX


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