• July 26, 2022

Three Injured in Wichita Falls, TX Head-On Crash on Old Iowa Park Rd

Wichita Falls, TX — July 22, 2022, three people were injured in a head-on crash on Old Iowa Park Road in Wichita Falls.

According to reports the incident happened around 7:00 p.m. in the area of 2700 Old Iowa Park. Preliminary investigation suggests a GMC Terrain was eastbound on the roadway as a Kia Sportage was traveling west in the opposite lane.

Reports say the Kia driver tried to pass a truck ahead of her by using the center turn lane, but drifted into the eastbound lane and crashed head-on with the Terrain.

Both drivers and a passenger in the GMC reportedly suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Head-On Crash on Old Iowa Park Rd in Wichita Falls

If reports have their facts straight it seems like one of the victims misjudged or incorrectly performed a passing maneuver, triggering the head-on crash. I have no reason to doubt that, but I and everyone else are left wondering how and why that happened. Why didn't the driver remain in the center turn lane while passing? Did she lose control? If so, how? Did she hit a bad patch of road? Was she speeding? Did her car fail in some fashion, like blowing a tire? Did she have to swerve further left to avoid oversized cargo on the truck, or did it also veer left and make her evade it by steering into the oncoming lane? Could any other factors have been involved, like fatigue or impairment?

Three Injured in Wichita Falls, TX Head-On Crash on Old Iowa Park Rd

I'm not trying to point fingers at anyone here or say I know more than reports can offer. That's the point, though: Reports can't say very much at this early stage and that leaves a lot more questions than answers. I'd expect that even a police once-over at the scene will eventually yield some answers, but I've done this long enough to know "some" probably won't be "all."

There's often a lot of doubt or confusion surrounding wrecks even after police move on to other things, which is why for everyone's sake I often suggest independent investigations instead. Experienced accident reconstructionists often stand a much better chance of getting real answers for the people affected. If there's anything else to do besides find the truth, that depends on what the truth turns out to be.

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