2 Killed, 4 Injured in Truck Accident on Hwy 64W in Tyler, TX
UPDATE (July 15, 2022): It is our sad duty to report that two of the children injured in this collision were later pronounced dead at a Dallas hospital. Two other children in the SUV and its adult occupants, 32-year-olds Chasity Head and Christopher Graham, were last reported in serious but stable condition.
Smith County, TX — July 5, 2022, two adults and four children were injured when their SUV collided with a box truck on Highway 64 West in Smith County.
According to reports the incident happened around 5:10 p.mm. along TX-64 West at FM 2661, southwest of Tyler. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner box truck was headed east on the highway when a GMC Envoy allegedly failed to yield and entered its path from FM 2661. The truck and the SUV collided on the highway.
Three children were critically injured in the crash and were airlifted to regional hospitals. The fourth child and two adults in the Envoy were transported to a Tyler hospital. Both the box truck's occupants were unhurt.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on Hwy 64W in Smith County
I often mention the importance of keeping an open mind after a crash no matter what early reports say. Some may feel the news paints a pretty clear picture of what happened near Tyler, but I've seen them and police both overlook or omit crucial details too many times. A second, more careful look sometimes confirms the original story, but I've also seen plenty of cases where crucial information was found that law enforcement missed--things that completely changed how a crash was perceived.
In one recent case, for example, police said a driver turned in front of an 18-wheeler seemingly without cause, leading to a fatal crash. Her family didn't accept that "who knows" outcome and asked us to look again. Our investigators found some unusual details omitted in police reports: There was a dense fog in the area at the time, the truck was traveling too fast for conditions, and the truck's headlights might have been malfunctioning. All that put together is a clear recipe for dangerously-reduced visibility, which clearly is quite different than "seemingly without cause."
I'm not saying I know what was responsible for the crash on Highway 64, and I'm certainly not accusing anyone of anything. My point is just that it's important to look at the bigger picture instead of reaching a conclusion and then refusing to budge. With that in mind the victims may be better served by independent investigations to find the whole truth of the matter.