Dalin Milburn Injured in Truck Accident on Toll-130 in Austin, TX
Austin, TX — June 24, 2022, 26-year-old Dalin Milburn was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Toll Route 130 in Austin.
According to reports the incident happened around 8:20 a.m. on Toll-130 near Farm to Market Road 973. Preliminary investigation suggests a Peterbilt truck had a flat tire and was parked, disabled, on the Toll-130 on-ramp. Reports say the driver had placed reflective triangles around the vehicle, one in front and two behind.
Nearby, Milburn was driving a Ram 1500 pickup south on the on-ramp and reportedly failed to control the truck's speed before hitting the rear-right of the disabled Peterbilt truck. Investigators noted note finding any skid marks or indications of braking before the crash occurred.
Milburn suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Peterbilt driver received minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Dalin Milburn Accident in Austin
Preliminary reports don't really seem to favor the victim here, mentioning a failure to control speed and even vague suspicions that he might have been impaired. However, I learned long ago to take preliminary findings well-salted. They're not the gospel truth they're often thought to be, and with that in mind I hope someone will take another careful look in pursuit of more answers.
Right now there are a lot of lingering questions that don't seem to have answers, and it's not certain that a simple police investigation will even address them. For instance: How did the stopped truck get a flat tire? Did it hit something in the road or was the tire just worn out? Could it have been defective? How far into the ramp's travel lane was the truck when it stopped? Could it have gone any further to the side? If the victim didn't brake before hitting the truck as was suggested, why not? Was he distracted by something in his vehicle? Was the car in good shape with functional brakes? Did its safety features activate properly during the crash?
The point of all those questions and the many others like them isn't to muddy the waters or find some way to blame the truck driver. I'm just advocating for a careful and thorough investigation as I do after most crashes. Some folks tend to accept what incomplete reports say and think there's nothing else to add, but getting all the details is crucial when seeking to understand what occurred. If there's any confusion or doubt about what happened in Austin, the victim may be better off seeking the help of an independent investigator rather than waiting for police to change their minds.