Truck Crashes with Car, Falls into Hotel Pool; Three Injured in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX — June 11, 2022, three people were injured in a crash involving an 18-wheeler near the Hallmark Inn and Suites Hotel in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 a.m. on the access road of I-35 near the hotel. Preliminary investigation suggests a big rig and a sedan collided under unknown circumstances. The two vehicles then ran off the road and hit a telephone pole, followed by a concrete wall around the premises of the Hallmark Hotel.
The 18-wheeler reportedly carried on a short distance further before its front end fell into the hotel's empty swimming pool.
A 39-year-old woman walking in the area where the crash occurred was hit by the out-of-control vehicles and suffered critical injuries. Both of the sedan's occupants received serious but non-life-threatening injuries. All three victims were transported to area hospitals.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident at Hallmark Hotel in San Antonio
The specifics of this crash are a little bit unusual, most particularly where one of the vehicles ended up before stopping. However, at its heart we're really looking at something far more common: An auto accident involving a commercial vehicle.
All the news can say about the crash's cause is that two vehicles collided on a highway service road. Was someone speeding? Was the road wet or otherwise hazardous? Did both vehicles have their lights on? Were both drivers paying full attention to their surroundings? If not, why not? Was someone distracted, or possibly even impaired?
Those and many other questions need answers because it's important to figure out not only what happened, but also why. Without every detail in hand there's room for interpretation or confusion, and that can be problematic for any and all involved as they try to get back on their feet.
It's important that a careful and thorough investigation be conducted to ensure the truth is learned. Unfortunately, police don't always go to the necessary lengths to find the full story. It may be that the people hurt in this wreck would benefit from the help of independent investigators with the time and training to do the whole job. At the very least everyone involved deserves answers, and if a need for accountability is found those answers would be crucial in getting it.