Reginald Charles Carr Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Palestine, TX
Palestine, TX -- April 28, 2022, Reginald Charles Carr was injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler and another vehicle collided.
Officials reported that the crash took place just after 4:30 p.m. along Loop 256 at the intersection of Jackson Street.
In their reports, authorities said that 53-year-old Reginald Charles Carr was in a Nissan Rogue traveling southbound on Jackson. At Loop 256, police say that an 18-wheeler ran a red light and crashed into Carr's vehicle.
Carr sustained non-incapacitating injuries due to the crash. At this time, additional details about the cause of the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Reginald Charles Carr 18-wheeler Accident in Palestine
A truck running a red light is pretty darn egregious. Kids on the playground play "Red Light, Green Light," so we should reasonably expect professional truck drivers to follow those simple rules. While it's possible that something highly unusual like a mechanical defect or faulty traffic signals led to the crash (both of which certainly warrant consideration), even more likely factors can involve complex issues the police don't generally address on their own.
For example, I had a case a while back involving a reckless truck driver. While the details seemed to clearly put the trucker at fault, we made sure to be thorough in our investigations. Something that came up was the driver's history--or should I say lack of history. He essentially had no experience driving commercial trucks, and records clearly showed the company rushed him through training to get him on the road as soon as possible. It as like handing a 16-year-old the keys to a bulldozer. Any responsible trucker could attest to it being an accident waiting to happen, and that's exactly what did happen.
Now, I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but it took thorough independent investigations to bring that detail to light. Maybe steps are being taken to investigate this crash more thoroughly, but it wouldn't surprise me if there needed to be more thorough independent investigations to get all the facts here.