• June 17, 2022

Three Injured in Multi-Truck Accident on Highway 85 in Frio County, TX

Frio County, TX -- May 15, 2022, three people were injured due to an accident where multiple trucks collided along Highway 85.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:00 p.m. along Highway 85 near FM 117.

Officials said that a 28-year-old man was in a Mack truck traveling eastbound on the highway. Approaching traffic stopped at a red light, authorities say the Mack truck crashed into the stopped vehicles.

The Mack truck driver reportedly had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. The 31-year-old man in a Freightliner and the 54-year-old man driving a Ford F-250 both reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries.

Police did not confirm any additional details about the crash.

Commentary on Truck Accident on Highway 85 in Frio County

While folks may see someone crash at a red light and assume they were doing something wrong, I'd caution folks against simply jumping to conclusions. As common as it is for things like speeding and distracted driving to lead to this crash, there could be other factors police have yet to consider.

Frio County, TX Multi-Truck Accident Injures 3 on Highway 85

Something any professional trucker should be able to empathize with is that they aren't always entirely in control of their driving. That may sound odd to people outside the industry, but the reality is some trucking companies do not give a damn about their drivers and force them into dangerous environments.

For example, a lot of companies neglect routine maintenance, often leading to catastrophic mechanical failures out on the road. Did authorities look into that? Forcing drivers to work unreasonably long hours to meet ludicrous deadlines can also lead to serious wrecks, such as one I looked into not that long ago where a driver essentially had to choose between being a safe driver and putting food on his family's table.

Those are just a couple of possible examples. Even when certain factors seem unlikely, they still warrant attention if people are going to get the answers and the help they need. It remains to be seen, then, if proper steps are being taken to get answers here.

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