• August 01, 2022

One Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on North I-35 in Austin, TX

Austin, TX — July 29, 2022, one person died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on North Interstate 35 in Austin.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:55 a.m. on the 15100 block of North I-35 near Farm to Market Road 1825. Preliminary reports indicate the 18-wheeler was traveling north on the highway when the driver felt a jolt. They pulled over and exited, then found a passenger vehicle wedged underneath the semi-trailer.

The car's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe speeding was a factor in the collision.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-35 in Austin

Reports suggest the truck driver was taken completely off-guard by another vehicle approaching and slamming into the truck with enough force to go under its trailer. I understand that things like that can happen over just a few moments, but at the same time that car didn't just materialize out of thin air. There are many questions that still need answers to be sure the crash is properly understood.

Here's a few that come to mind: How fast was the truck traveling? What about the car? Is that stretch of road lit up at night? Were both vehicles' headlights activated? If not, why not? If so, did something else prevent the drivers from seeing each other? Were both of them awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings? Did the car hit the side of the semi-trailer or the back? Did the trailer have an intact underride guard? Were both vehicles in proper working order--brakes, steering, lights, safety features, etc?

One Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on North I-35 in Austin, TX

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or point fingers, but I can't be the only one who thinks "car hits truck" is too simplistic for a crash that claimed someone's life. That person's family deserves no less than a careful and thorough investigation and the answers one will hopefully yield. I've seen too many instances where police did a once-over and came to a plausible conclusion for their reports, then closed the book and moved on without a second thought. If there's a risk that the victim's loved ones will receive less than the whole truth here, maybe independent investigators should take another look on their behalf.

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