San Elizario Man, 1 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-20 in Ward County, TX
Ward County, TX -- January 26, 2022, a San Elizario man and another man were hurt after an accident involving an 18-wheeler along I-20.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 10:30 a.m. along I-20 near mile marker 74.
According to officials, a 31-year-old San Elizario man was in a Ford F-450 traveling westbound along I-20. The man reportedly slowed due to a truck ahead dropping sand and obstructing visibility. As the pickup slowed, an 18-wheeler reportedly going at an unsafe speed rear-ended the Ford.
The San Elizario man and a 20-year-old man in the pickup had injuries said to be non-incapacitating. No further information about the crash is available at this time.
Commentary on San Elizario Man 18-wheeler Accident on I-20 in Ward County
It's obviously serious anytime a truck rear-ends someone, but it's important to consider all the contributing factors here. Accident reconstructionists could show that the 18-wheeler had plenty of opportunity to see the victim's pickup and slow down without incident. However, if another truck ahead is dropping sand everywhere and obstructing drivers' views, did that also play a role in all of this?
Maybe that sand was enough that the 18-wheeler driver was being reasonably prudent and still couldn't avoid the crash. It's also possible that both the driver dropping sand and the 18-wheeler driver contributed to these events and should both take responsibility. These reports are certainly far from telling the full story, so it may be prudent to ensure there are thorough independent investigations into what all happened here.