Teenager Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-35E in Ellis County, TX
Ellis County, TX -- January 30, 2022, a teenager was injured due to an accident where a tractor-trailer crashed into a car on I-35E.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 12:14 a.m. along I-35E near mile marker 391.
According to officials, Alex Osvaldo Pina was driving a GMC Sierra and parked along the shoulder. While there, a tractor-trailer with multiple trailers somehow left the road and crashed into the GMC.
Due to the collision, an 18-year-old in Pina's vehicle sustained injuries said to be non-incapacitating. Right now, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-35E in Ellis County
A tractor-trailer somehow leaving its lane and hitting someone safely on the shoulder is certainly a concerning sign the truck driver was being negligent. It's possible something common like fatigue or distraction caused all this. But things aren't always so simple, which is why it's always important to ensure experienced investigators look into things more thoroughly.
For example, I had a case a while back where it turned out a truck driver lost control due to a medical emergency. As unavoidable as that may seem, we continued investigating, and we found that the incident was reasonably foreseeable. The truck driver's medical history was a long list of red flags, and it was clearly just a matter of time before something happened while he was behind the wheel. Both for the safety of the public and truck drivers themselves, companies have a responsibility to ensue their employees can do their jobs without issue. That company failing to do so was a serious mistake.
I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but that's not the kind of thing authorities tend to look into. They often overlook less common factors or things they don't have the training or tools to look into. That's why more thorough independent investigations tend to be more prudent, and the same would likely prove true here, as well.