Truck Driver Injured in Crash off US-287 in Montague County, TX
Montague County, TX — June 25, 2022, a 52-year-old truck driver was seriously injured when his big rig crashed on US-287 in Montague County.
According to reports the incident happened around 6:55 a.m. on US-287 near Hopewell Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner semi-truck was towing a trailer east on the highway when the driver allegedly fell asleep at the wheel. The truck drove onto the right shoulder and hit the rumble strips, then knocked over a wrong-way sign.
The driver woke up and over-corrected to the left, causing the truck to cross through traffic and overturn in the median. It slid and rolled a short distance before coming to rest on its side.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on US-287 in Montague County
I always take preliminary reports with a grain or two of salt, including this one. There's no telling what details may have been lost in translation or what may have yet to come to light. However, a truck driver supposedly falling asleep at the wheel is a pretty big red flag. If that's really how things went, I'm reminded of many other cases I've seen where truck drivers acted recklessly or made mistakes in response to enormous pressure from their employers and supervisors.
For example, not long ago I looked into a crash involving a truck driver that had been behind the wheel for over 20 straight hours. Reports just blamed him for not using his time properly but completely overlooked 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 jobs. Naturally, someone trying to put food on their family's table will take their chances with safety if they feel they have no other choice. It was really just a matter of time before someone got hurt.
I'm not saying anything like that necessarily happened in Montague County. Perhaps the driver just had a long day and was too tuckered out to finish his run, or could have used just one more cup of coffee at his last stop. However, because there may be more to this than meets the eye it's important to dig deeper and find out the whole story. Taking every available step both to help the victim and to keep a potentially-unethical company in check is more than worth the effort.