Teen Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on TX-349 in Midland County
Midland County, TX -- April 18, 2022, a 15-year-old boy was injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 349 in Midland County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:55 p.m. on TX-349 at County Road 130. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth semi-truck was towing a trailer east on CR 130 when it stopped at the Highway 349 intersection. Reports say the truck driver proceeded through the crossing without yielding to a southbound Chevy Silverado pickup; the two trucks collided in the intersection. The Chevy became wedged underneath the semi-trailer and was dragged a short distance east before all units came to a stop.
A teen passenger in the Chevy reportedly suffered minor injuries. The pickup's 17-year-old driver and the 51-year-old Kenworth driver were unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on TX-349 in Midland County
It seems from reports like the truck driver failed to yield at the intersection and caused the wreck. He and his employer aren't required to agree, though, so as always it's best to investigate carefully and make sure only the facts tell the whole story.
Some may not think that's necessary since the only reported injuries were minor here and "there's no need to make a fuss." I certainly hope reports are right about the extent of the damage, but at the same time I always feel some hesitation about taking them at face value. I've seen too many incidents where it turned out things were worse than they first appeared--including cases where kids were hurt.
Even if children seem only to have minor injuries, it's always important to treat an accident as though they were seriously hurt. People don't always consider that injuries can affect children differently than they would adults. An injury that grownups shrug off and heal from quickly can cause long-term issues for kids whose bodies are still growing and changing. An example of that would be broken bones: While adults' bones would knit back over time as long as they're careful, a teen's body is still realigning itself and the bone may not fuse back together properly. That and other similar problems can have serious long-term effects on their health.
If parents don't realize there is a problem until further down the line, it may be too late by then to get evidence about the crash to get the assistance their child needs. Taking the necessary steps right away helps ensure that the families are prepared to help their kid while hoping that it won't ultimately be necessary--a simple "better safe than sorry" approach. This accident like most involving commercial trucks is unlikely to be the exception.