• June 08, 2022

SUV Hits Stopped Work Truck on TX-62, Two Injured in Orange County

Orange County, TX -- June 7, 2022, two people were injured when an SUV and a work truck collided on Highway 62 in Orange County.

According to reports the incident happened around 3:00 p.m. on Highway 62 near Hoohoo Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevrolet pickup truck was parked in the roadway blocking traffic as a commercial truck backed out of a nearby driveway.

A Kia SUV approached the scene from the north and the driver allegedly failed to control their speed. The driver tried to swerve right to avoid hitting the work vehicles but over-corrected back left, sending the SUV into the parked pickup.

Both vehicles' drivers were injured in the crash and were taken to an area hospital.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Auto Accident on Highway 62 in Orange County

People may read the reported details of this crash and be ready to blame the SUV driver without much extra thought. The news says the driver approached the scene without stopping or slowing, then tried evasive maneuvers at the last moment. With details like that most are probably ready to say the driver was speeding or looking at their phone (or both).

Further investigation may confirm something like that was involved, but before anybody writes the matter off as "solved" it's important to consider other potential factors as well. If the driver's brakes failed or they couldn't gain traction because of debris on the road, for example, it wouldn't be right to blame them. Moreover, if the work truck was just stopped in the road without any markings or indications why then they may not have done an adequate job of warning oncoming motorists. That's just a couple of possibilities out of many that still need to be addressed.

SUV Hits Stopped Work Truck on TX-62, Two Injured in Orange County

I'm not trying to complicate things here. I'm only saying what I often do: Every crash deserves careful and thorough investigation, but not every crash gets it. Sometimes what seems obvious at the start is taken for the truth and the file's closed without further scrutiny, even though digging deeper would have found another cause. Will authorities be as thorough as they must to be sure the story everyone hears is the true one?

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