One Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Highway 121 in Anna, TX
Anna, TX -- April 25, 2022, a 34-year-old man was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on State Highway 121 in Collin County.
Reports say the incident happened around 4:40 p.m. on TX-121 at Farm to Market Road 2862. Preliminary investigation suggests a Cadillac Escalade was traveling north on the highway as a Volvo semi-truck with a trailer was traveling south nearby. Investigators believe the Cadillac driver tried to make a left turn onto FM 2862 but entered the path of the oncoming truck, which hit the SUV's passenger side. Debris from the collision hit a Nissan Rogue waiting at the intersection's stop sign.
The Cadillac driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on TX-121 in Collin County
I often mention the importance of keeping an open mind after a crash no matter what early reports may say. Frankly I wouldn't be so wary of those if I hadn't seen them omit crucial details so many times. There are instances where independent experts look into a crash and only confirm what police originally thought, but we've also seen plenty of cases where their superior training and equipment turned up crucial information that would otherwise have been missed.
For instance, the crash in Anna is described as though the victim made an ill-timed turn into the path of the semi-truck. That may be true, but I think it's important to know if there were any other factors that should be accounted for. Is there any trouble with visibility or sightlines in that area? Were both the Cadillac driver and the truck driver paying full attention to their surroundings? How fast was the big rig traveling? Could or should the trucker have reasonably avoided the turning SUV by stopping or steering clear? Was there anything wrong or hazardous about the roads in the area?
Anyone who didn't roll their eyes about the "open mind" part is probably rolling them now as I ask questions about the collision, but the fact is a lot of possible contributing factors probably weren't checked out at all. Police decided someone turned in the way of the truck, concluded that was his fault, and probably won't give it a second thought. Many readers probably felt the same way. I don't have inside information to contradict that; I just know from long experience that many wrecks really aren't as simple as these basic reports make them sound.
Reports suggest the victim failed to yield and a full investigation might just confirm that. However, he deserves the benefit of the doubt until all the objective facts are in. It's important not to simply blame him for a bad turn and call it a day before then. If there are any questions about the "official" story (there often are) the victim may be better served by a second, independent investigation.