• August 22, 2022

Smith County Deputy, One Other Injured in Tyler, TX Wrong-Way Crash

Tyler, TX — August 20, 2022, a Smith County Sheriff’s deputy and another driver were injured in a possible wrong-way crash in Tyler.

Reports say the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. near Loop 323 and County Road 485. Preliminary investigation suggest one person was traveling the wrong direction on the roadway when their vehicle collided with the SCSO deputy's patrol vehicle.

Both drivers reportedly received minor injuries in the crash.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Wrong-Way Crash in Tyler

There aren't a lot of details yet about this crash, but most people on seeing that someone a) traveled the wrong direction on the road and b) crashed into a law enforcement patrol vehicle will probably take that to mean they were intoxicated.

That's not unreasonable to conclude from preliminary reports, but it's also not backed up by proof so it's best not to assume it. As commonly as alcohol is the culprit behind a wrong-way wreck, there are plenty of other reasons one might happen and those must be investigated as well. Poor or wet road conditions, bad visibility (low light or blocked sightlines), missing or unclear signage, vehicle malfunctions or defects, or even just simple confusion could have made that driver go the wrong way. Only careful and thorough investigation could say for sure, so I hope law enforcement will commit the time and resources to find the whole truth.

Smith County Deputy, One Other Injured in Tyler, TX Wrong-Way Crash
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