• July 07, 2022

Eagle Pass Man Killed in 18-wheeler Rollover Accident on FM 117 in Zavala County, TX

Zavala County, TX -- May 11, 2022, an Eagle Pass man was killed due to an accident where his 18-wheeler overturned off FM 117.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 6:20 a.m. along FM 117 near Old Loma Vista Road. It appears that a 55-year-old Eagle Pass man was in a Kenworth truck traveling southbound on FM 117. Somehow, the vehicle ran off the right side of the road where it overturned.

The driver sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. No one else appeared to be involved. Investigations gave no additional details about the crash.

Commentary on Eagle Pass Man 18-wheeler Accident on FM 117 in Zavala County

With crashes like this, my main concern is whether or not they ever got the attention they deserved. Quite frankly, authorities don't always have the tools and experience for something as potentially complex as a truck wreck investigation. As a result, they tend to just assume the driver was speeding, on their phone, or fatigued. Are those common factors? Certainly, but that doesn't mean they're the only ones worth considering.

Eagle Pass Man Killed in 18-wheeler Accident on FM 117 in Zavala County, TX

What about mechanical issues? Tire defects? Cargo shifts? Road hazards? Other drivers that left the scene? Poor training, overworking, or other work-related hazards? Likely or not, these are all possible factors that warrant attention, and it can take far more thorough independent investigations to ensure a driver's loved ones at least know they're getting the full story.

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