• August 04, 2022

El Paso Man Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-10 in Van Horn, TX

Van Horn, TX -- April 20, 2022, an El Paso man was injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed off of I-10.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 3:34 p.m. along I-10 near mile marker 139.

According to their findings, they believe the driver, a 66-year-old El Paso man, was reaching for something in the floorboard at the time. While doing so, the truck reportedly lost control, causing the truck to careen onto the median and crash.

As a result, the driver sustained fatal injuries. Police said the victim was not properly secured and did not apply any brakes. Further information is unavailable at this time.

Commentary on El Paso Man 18-wheeler Accident on I-10 in Van Horn

To be clear, I have no particular reason to doubt authorities here. The fact they apparently have video both from outside and inside the cabin makes it unlikely they're missing something. That said, some details still just don't sit well with me.

For one, is it true the truck driver never hit the brakes? They don't say he passed out or anything like that. Wouldn't that be the first thing a driver does in a situation like this? Could it be something went wrong police didn't catch?

El Paso Man Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-10 in Van Horn, TX

In line with that, they mention the seatbelt was around the driver, but supposedly not latched properly since it came loose during the crash. Was this due to the driver not wearing it properly, or was something wrong with the seatbelt. While relatively rare, a defect can cause seatbelts to fail which otherwise should protect the driver.

Again, authorities may have been thorough here. It's just that red flags like these, however small they may seem, are important to follow up on. If nothing else, the victim's loved ones at least deserve to know they're getting the full story.

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