• July 28, 2022

Driver Injured in Fiery 18-Wheeler Crash on I-30 in Nash, TX

Nash, TX — July 27, 2022, a truck driver was seriously injured in a fiery 18-wheeler crash on Interstate 30 in Bowie County.

According to reports the incident happened Wednesday afternoon on eastbound I-30 at the FM 2148 overpass in Nash. Preliminary investigation suggests the tractor-trailer was headed east when it blew a tire and the driver lost control. The truck crashed and caught fire west of Kings Highway.

The truck driver was taken to a Little Rock hospital for treatment of burn injuries. They are expected to recover.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-30 in Nash

If reports have their facts straight not only did the truck blow a tire on I-30, but it also caught fire after crashing. I'm sorry to learn the driver was burned, but am relieved to see the crash wasn't fatal. Now it's time to find out why things went the way they did.

Some may think there's not much to say about a tire blowout; if road debris punched through the rubber, what can be done about that? While it's true that random debris is responsible for many of these wrecks, it's not the only explanation and shouldn't be taken for granted. There are also questions of possible neglected maintenance or even defective tires to address. Neither is as common as a nail just kicking up and piercing the tire, but both still happen all the time and should be evaluated in case someone specific should be held accountable for the driver's injuries.

Speaking of that, there's also the matter of the truck catching fire during the crash. People may not see anything peculiar about that, but they may not realize that many tractor-trailers' "saddle"-style fuel tanks put the trucks at great risk of combustion in crashes. Those fires have turned many serious truck accidents into fatal ones.

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