• August 04, 2022

James William Featherston, Jose Alferez Castillo Killed in Truck Accident in Midland, TX

Midland, TX -- August 3, 2022, James Featherston and Jose Alferez Castillo were killed due to an accident where their vehicles collided.

Investigators reported that the crash took place early Wednesday along Highway 349 a few miles south of town.

James William Featherston, Jose Alferez Castillo Killed in Truck Accident in Midland, TX

Officials said that 55-year-old Jose Alferez Castillo was in a Freightliner semi-truck traveling southbound along TX-349. At the intersection of County Road 140, a collision occurred between Castillo's truck and a pickup reportedly driven by 38-year-old James William Featherston. As a result of the crash, the vehicles caught fire.

Both Castillo and Featherston sustained fatal injuries. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on James Featherston, Jose Alferez Castillo Truck Accident in Midland

I certainly can't speculate about what did or didn't happen here, but I can say from experience that crashes like this are almost always better off in the hands of experienced professionals independent of the police. As skilled as police may be, they don't always have the tools and experience needed to address some of the more complex issues that can surrounding a deadly truck wreck like this.

For example, it catches my eye that the wreckage here caught fire. That may not mean much, considering the typical severity of a commercial truck wreck. Maybe the fire was purely incidental to the crash. However, I've seen crashes similar to this one which should have been survivable, but an unnecessary fire ended up causing the fatal injuries. If that fire was caused by the negligent placement of the semi's fuel tanks, then perhaps this tragedy was the result of a manufacturer's mistake rather than the crash itself.

That's something you can learn more about by clicking the image below.

At the end of the day, this is just one possibility, but it's one that can't go overlooked. Maybe authorities here are being thorough and have the right tools and experience to ensure the victims' loved ones are getting the answers they deserve. If not, though, are steps being taken to have the right people looking into what exactly happened here?

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