Six Injured in SUV Crash with FedEx Truck on FM 1486 in Montgomery County, TX
Montgomery County, TX -- May 15, 2022, four adults and two children were injured when an SUV crashed with a FedEx truck on FM 1486 in Montgomery County.
Reports say the incident happened just before 4 p.m. on FM 1486 near Caney Creek. Preliminary investigation suggests a Lincoln Navigator was headed south on the roadway when the driver crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. The Lincoln entered the oncoming lane and passed partially through it before its passenger side hit the passenger side of a northbound Federal Express delivery truck. After the impact the Lincoln overturned and rolled down a nearby embankment.
Two children and an adult female passenger in the Lincoln suffered critical injuries in the crash; all three were rushed to area hospitals. The Lincoln's driver and both occupants of the FedEx truck were taken to area hospitals in stable condition.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on FedEx Truck Accident on FM 1486 in Montgomery County
There isn't much information about what happened here, but a vehicle crossing the center line is obviously quite serious. Aside from rare issues like a tire blowout or medical episode, it's usually due to someone going too fast and losing control, drifting over after falling asleep, or running off-course while distracted. I can't and won't say any of those happened here, however, as there are still many answers to find about exactly what occurred. It's even possible that questions of who crossed over the center line should be re-evaluated.
Not long ago, for example, I handled a situation where police got the facts completely wrong about a similar crossover. They blamed the victim for going left of center and crashing with a truck, only for us to look closer and learn the truck driver actually crossed over first when he fell asleep. The victim was only in the opposite lane to escape the truck, whose driver woke up after hitting rumble strips and instinctively swerved back--right onto a collision course with the victim's car. Police found both vehicles in the truck's lane and decided without more effort that the victim crossed over; without a second look on the family's behalf the wrong person might have taken the blame forever.
Circumstances like that may be unusual, but they're far from impossible. That's why effort must be made to ensure experienced independent accident reconstructionists look into things as soon as possible. Getting real answers means ensuring nothing important slips through the cracks.