Teenager Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on US Highway 183 in Williamson County, TX
Williamson County, TX -- May 4, 2022, a teenager was injured due to an accident where a vehicle crashed with an 18-wheeler along US Highway 183.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 2:17 p.m. along US 183 in the area of Highway 29.
Officials said that a 17-year-old was in a pickup traveling northbound along the highway. Ahead, an 18-wheeler reportedly made a left turn from the right lane toward a construction zone. As it did so, the pickup swerved to avoid the trailer, but the trailer was in both lanes, and the pickup hit the trailer.
Due to the crash, the 17-year-old driver of the pickup sustained incapacitating injuries. No one else was hurt. Additional details about the crash remain unclear at this time.
Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on US 183 in Williamson County
Something that stands out to me is authorities believing the truck took an improper left turn, but the truck was going into a work zone. Now, most people have probably seen a construction area where trucks block the roadway to turn in and out of the zoned off portion. Those companies and drivers involved are being reckless. Plain and simple.
While one doesn't often see this, a responsible supervisor will have workers at the scene to flag down traffic with high visibility equipment. That way, drivers are acutely aware of the dangerous obstruction until it is safely out of the way. If those steps were taken here, the reports certainly missed that. I can't help but wonder if those simple steps could have prevented a young man from taking a trip to the emergency room with serious injuries. That's why there may need to be efforts made to ensure those involved in this situation don't make the same mistakes again.