Woman Injured in Truck Accident on Fred Wilson in El Paso, TX
El Paso, TX -- June 23, 2022, one person was injured after an accident where a truck crashed into vehicles on Fred Wilson Avenue.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 2:08 p.m. along Fred Wilson Avenue at Dyer Street.
Officials said that a 74-year-old woman was in a Honda Pilot traveling eastbound on Fred Wilson. While stopped at the light for Dyer, her vehicle and another nearby vehicle were hit from behind by a semi-truck.
Due to the collision, the woman sustained non-incapacitating injuries. The truck driver reportedly told authorities that his brakes stopped working. This and other factors are unconfirmed at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on Fred Wilson in El Paso
To be rather blunt here, it is highly unlikely some sort of unforeseeable mechanical defect led to this crash. This sort of crash is usually the result of the driver doing something wrong like texting and driving, then making up excuses. However, it's also possible the brakes did fail, but it was the result of misuse, overloading, poor maintenance, or other errors on the part of the vehicle owner or their employer.
But as unlikely as a defect may be, I would never suggest ignoring it. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who more often advocates for thorough investigations to consider such possible factors, however likely they may be. Especially considering a potential defect could put others at risk, taking that sort of possibility seriously can be an important step. Either investigations can rule it out for the excuse it is, or they can catch something authorities overlooked. Were those steps ever taken here?