Catherine Romero Injured in Truck Accident on TX-21 in Caldwell
Caldwell, TX -- March 18, 2022, 43-year-old Catherine Romero was injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Presidential Corridor Highway in Caldwell.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:40 p.m. on the highway (State Highway 21) at North Main Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth semi-truck with an attached trailer was eastbound on the highway when the driver allegedly disregarded a red light at the Main Street intersection. The truck entered the crossing and crashed into Romero's Hyundai Sonata as she was turning left from southbound Main onto eastbound TX-21.
Romero reportedly sustained minor injuries in the collision. Two passengers in the vehicle, ages 25 and 6, may have been injured.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Catherine Romero Accident on TX-21 in Caldwell
While I'm sure this accident was unpleasant to go through, it's at least a bit of silver lining that the injuries sustained apparently weren't too serious. I certainly hope police are right about that, but I've also seen enough commercial truck accidents that I get a little concerned when early reports--ones that don't necessarily have all the facts--downplay their damages.
I don't mean to say things are certain to get worse or that police are mistaken. I just know from long experience working on crashes like this that sometimes injuries take a little while to rear their ugly heads. For instance, I worked on a wreck not long ago where a man's "sore back" after a truck accident turned out to be a ruptured spinal disk that required major surgery and lengthy rehab, all while the company behind the truck that hit him denied liability. While his original injuries were thought to be "not serious," little about his overall experience turned out to be that way.
Obviously I hope the situation in Caldwell doesn't get any worse for the victims and there's no particular reason to think it will. It's just important to find out everything about what happened and why in order to be prepared. Commercial wrecks--any wrecks, really--should always be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly even if their aftermath doesn't seem dire right away. I've seen too many cases where victims believe they were lucky, only for their injuries to worsen later when it was too late to take the necessary steps to seek help. "Better safe than sorry," as they say, and commercial wrecks are no exception.