Edinburg Man Injured in Truck Accident on I-35 in Webb County, TX
Webb County, TX -- May 16, 2022, an Edinburg man was injured following an accident where an 18-wheeler hit his vehicle on I-35.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 11:30 a.m. along I-35 near mile marker 34.
Officials said that a 29-year-old Edinburg man was in a vehicle traveling southbound along I-35 at the back of an oilfield convoy. The convoy was going at approximately 45 MPH, authorities said. While traveling, an 18-wheeler reportedly failed to control speed and hit the back of the Edinburg man's car, forcing both vehicles off-road.
Due to the crash, the Edinburg man reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported. In the reports, investigators claimed that the truck driver told them, "he didn't slow down because that would affect his fuel mileage." This and other details have not been confirmed.
Commentary on Edinburg Man 18-wheeler Accident on I-35 in Webb County
I just want to say that I always take early reports with a grain of salt, and I wouldn't consider this one an exception. There's no telling what details may have been lost in translation or what may have yet to come to light. But a truck driver supposedly saying they didn't slow down due to their gas mileage is just about as big as a red flag can get. Is that really true? Because if so, I can't help thinking back to all the cases where truck drivers did reckless things because their supervisors pressured them to do so. Could it be something like that happened here?
For example, a little while ago, I looked into a crash involving a truck driver that had been behind the wheel for over 20 straight hours. What authorities overlooked was that his employer constantly set outrageous deadlines for drivers to meet. If they didn't cut every corner to meet those deadlines, they risked losing their job. Naturally, people trying to put food on their family's table are going to take risks if they feel they have no other choice. It was only a matter of time before people got hurt.
While I can't say anything like that happened here, taking any possible steps to get a company to clean up its act is crucial. That's only more true when those steps can also get people some much needed help.