• August 22, 2022

Mother, Child Injured by Loose Truck Tire on Main Street in Lumberton, TX

Lumberton, TX — August 18, 2022, a mother and her child were injured when a big rig's loose tire crashed through a Lumberton restaurant window.

According to reports the incident happened around 8:00 p.m. at Crazy Jose's restaurant located along Main Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a semi-truck was northbound on Main when one of its tandem tires came loose. The wheel then crashed through the front window of Crazy Jose's, causing reportedly-minor injuries to the mother and child who were dining next to it. The wheels then rolled back across the street and came to rest in a parking lot.

The victims were treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital.

The truck driver continued onward after losing the tire; police believe they didn't notice when it happened. Investigators later found the truck and driver still in Lumberton.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Tire Accident on Main in Lumberton

While the details of this accident may be pretty unique, the concept behind them unfortunately isn't: Commercial trucks, whether through sloppy pre-trip checks or poor overall maintenance, sometimes shed parts while on the move. It's not terribly unusual for wheels to detach like this, and the damage they do ranges from minor (as described here) to fatal. I hope investigators will look into this matter carefully to find out why the wheel came off, why the driver didn't notice, and if either or both of those really should have gone that way.

Mother, Child Injured by Loose Truck Tire on Main Street in Lumberton, TX

In the meantime there's at least some silver lining in that the victims' injuries were supposedly minor. I certainly hope that's true, but long experience has taught me it's best to take the matter very seriously even if its impact was supposedly not so bad. Many victims of commercial truck accidents, whether direct crashes or loose parts flying at them, thought they got lucky with only minor damages just to find out later things weren't how they first appeared.

There's no specific reason to think anything like that is coming in Lumberton, but at the same time if two people were hurt because of something preventable it seems like whoever didn't prevent it should answer for that. Will the company behind that truck make things right, or is this like most situations where they'll need some "convincing" in the form of thorough investigation and clear evidence?

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