• June 17, 2022

One Injured in Crash with Disabled 18-Wheeler on I-35 in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX — June 16, 2022, a 23-year-old man was injured after crashing into the back of a disabled tractor-trailer on Interstate 35 in San Antonio.

According to reports the incident happened around 2:15 a.m. on southbound I-35 near Walzem Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling on the highway when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The pickup veered onto the shoulder and rear-ended a disabled Sysco Foods semi-truck that was stopped due to flat tires.

The pickup driver was extricated and was then transported to a local hospital for treatment of possible life-threatening injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-35 in San Antonio

Right now it seems like there's still a lot of work to do before anyone really understands what happened here.

It's one thing to say one truck hit another, but why? Did the pickup driver lose control as suggested? Did the truck have some kind of mechanical problem or defect? Did it blow out a tire like the big rig did? Was there something hazardous in the road? What about the driver--was he awake and alert at that time of morning? Was he watching the road, or did he maybe look away to send a text or dig in the glove box for a moment? Could he have been impaired somehow?

One Injured in Crash with Disabled 18-Wheeler on I-35 in San Antonio, TX

It's important to look at the bigger picture as well--including the 18-wheeler's presence on the roadside. Reports say it blew one or more tires, but how? Did it hit something that punctured those tires? Did they separate or fail due to manufacturing defects? How long were they on the truck before they gave way? Once on the shoulder, did the driver get out and place cones or reflectors behind the big rig as required by federal law?

None of these questions are meant to complicate things or blame anyone. I read the same reports as everyone else and I'm not pointing fingers on the strength of a few vague sentences. I'm only saying what I always do: When someone's hurt or killed in a crash it's vital to learn how and why that happened. Gathering clear facts ensures everyone's on the same page and shows whether anyone is responsible for the damage done. Will police be careful and thorough enough to get all the needed information?

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