• April 26, 2022

One Injured in Crash with Fire Truck on I-20 in Smith County, TX

Smith County, TX -- April 25, 2022, one person was injured after crashing into a fire engine on Interstate 20 in Smith County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:55 a.m. on I-20 near State Highway 155. Preliminary investigation suggests a Winona Fire Department truck was responding to an unrelated accident near westbound Exit 576 when it was hit by a passenger vehicle. The impact caused significant damage to both vehicles.

The car's driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Fire Truck Accident on I-20 in Smith County

Right now there's no real telling how or why exactly this accident occurred, but I have a feeling that won't stop people from offering up some theories of their own. It doesn't take much for folks to start guessing about distraction from a cell phone or even impairment--even for a crash on a Monday morning--when they read about a wreck without a clear cause.

It's not that those aren't plausible explanations, and I'm sure police will dedicate some time to looking into them. The problem comes from taking anything for granted instead of letting just the facts tell the story. It may be tempting to see the few available details here and jump to some conclusions, but that's not fair to anyone involved and could result in an incomplete or mistaken investigation.

As always, the best and right thing to do is to be careful and thorough when learning the details. A crash caused by simple driver carelessness might look the same as one caused by a sudden and unpredictable part failure in the car, but the law would treat those two situations very differently. Learning the truth and using evidence to determine who should be held accountable is the best way to proceed after just about any crash.

One Injured in Crash with Fire Truck on I-20 in Smith County, TX

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