• May 31, 2022

Reshunte Earl, 2 Others Injured in 18-Wheeler Crash on US-59 near Lufkin, TX

Lufkin, TX -- May 27, 2022, 29-year-old Reshunte Earl and two other people were injured in an 18-wheeler accident on U.S. Highway 59 near Lufkin.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on US-59 just north of Loop 287. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner tractor-trailer was hauling plywood north on the highway as Earl's Hyundai and a Nissan car behind it were headed south.

According to reports Earl saw debris in the road ahead and veered into the oncoming lane to avoid it. The truck driver then swerved away to avoid hitting the Hyundai but Earl mirrored the evasion and the two collided in the center turn lane.

After the impact the truck's load of plywood spilled into the road and hit the Nissan. The big rig exited the roadway and overturned in the east ditch.

Reshunte Earl was airlifted to a Tyler hospital. Two passengers from the overturned truck were taken to another hospital by ambulance. The truck driver and the Nissan driver were unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Reshunte Earl Accident on US-59 near Lufkin

Reports say the seriously-injured victim of this accident may have triggered it by swerving to avoid debris in the road. Some may think there's not much else to say; the wreck is unfortunate to be sure, but loose junk in the road is a well-known hazard of driving just about anywhere one goes.

It's possible there's little else to say about who's responsible for the accident and the victims' injuries, but investigators aren't excused from trying their hardest to get answers. Does the debris have any markings to help identify its former owner? What kind of debris was it? What's visibility in that area like during the early-dawn hours? Did both drivers react in the best possible way they could have given the circumstances? Could the truck driver as a reasonably prudent professional have done anything differently?

I know how that last question sounds, but I'm not trying to point fingers here. I'm only that blaming an inert chunk of something in the road may not really account for all the variables of the crash. It's important to find out if there are other factors that contributed to the wreck rather than just shrugging, sweeping the debris off the road, and carrying on. The victims deserve answers and any help they can get with their recovery. Will law enforcement be thorough enough to get them those things?

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