Canton Man, 1 Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on US 80 in Van Zandt County, TX
Van Zandt County, TX -- June 14, 2022, a Canton man and his passenger were injured due to an accident where their vehicle crashed on US 80.
In their reports, officials said that the crash took place at around 4:20 a.m. along US Highway 80 near County Road 1712.
According to reports, a 23-year-old Canton man was in a GMC Suburban traveling westbound along the highway. Somehow, the vehicle veered to the left and lost control on the median, causing the vehicle to then overturn to the right.
The Canton man had reportedly incapacitating injuries while his passenger, a 21-year-old man, was said to have non-incapacitating injuries.
Police said that they were looking into alcohol, but they did not confirm any particular factors. Right now, the exact cause of the crash remains unclear.
Commentary on Single-Vehicle Accident on US 80 in Van Zandt County
Any mention of alcohol is going to stand out, and I would obviously not suggest overlooking that possibility, especially given how common it is. Part of that would also have to include where the supposed alcohol came from, since that establishment could be liable if they illegally over-served the driver. But alcohol is just one possibility, and sometimes authorities mention it just out of standard procedure. It's entirely possible this is one of those crashes that require independent investigations into something like a mechanical defect, a sudden tire failure, poor road design or maintenance, or other issues authorities tend to overlook. Are steps being taken to ensure all the facts surrounding this crash are clear? Getting the victims the help they deserve may depend on it.