James Featherston, Jose Castillo Killed in Midland County, TX Truck Accident
Midland County, TX — August 3, 2022, 38-year-old James Featherston and 55-year-old Jose Castillo died in a crash between two trucks in Midland County.
According to reports the incident happened around 5:00 a.m. at the intersection of State Highway 349 and County Road 140, just south of Midland. Preliminary investigation suggests Castillo was driving a tractor-trailer south on the highway as Featherston was driving a Ram 2500 pickup east on CR 140.
Reports say Featherston failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection and crashed into the southbound semi-truck. After the impact both vehicles caught fire.
Castillo and Featherston both suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on TX-349 in Midland County
Reports seem to paint a picture of one driver failing to yield to the other, resulting in a tragically-fatal collision. I have no particular reason to doubt that, but at the same time I really wonder if it's really the whole story.
One thing conspicuously absent from the news and police reports is why the pickup driver didn't yield. Some may be ready to say he just wasn't thinking or he fell asleep at the wheel; those are possible explanations, but they're not the only ones and it's unfair to point fingers that way before other possibilities are considered. For all anyone knows the pickup lost traction on a hazardous road, or maybe its brakes failed. Also, was the semi-truck going the speed limit? Faster? Slower? Was its speed hard to gauge as it approached? Were both vehicles' lights on? What was visibility like in the area?
Those questions and others should be answered to be sure all the crash's relevant details are discovered. In addition, it's troubling to see that the trucks caught fire after the impact. Modern vehicle design is typically supposed to prevent any mishap it possibly can, and yet many 18-wheelers still carry around "saddle"-tyle gas tanks vulnerable to rupture and combustion. The fires that creates sometimes turn serious crashes into fatal ones, and it's a problem that should be addressed at its fundamental level. Click the image below to learn more.