• August 26, 2022

Injuries Reported when Vehicle Hits Parked 18-Wheeler on Loop 281 in Longview, TX

Longview, TX — August 25, 2022, injuries were reported after a vehicle hit a parked 18-wheeler off East Loop 281 in Longview.

Reports say the incident happened around 10:30 a.m. on the 1200 block of E Loop 281. Preliminary investigation suggests a vehicle swerved off the road in the area and crashed into an 18-wheeler that was parked on the shoulder, loading supplies.

Minor injuries were reported at the scene and attended to by responders.

No further information is currently available.

Injuries Reported when Vehicle Hits Parked 18-Wheeler on Loop 281 in Longview, TX

Commentary on Longview 18-Wheeler Accident on Loop 281

Generally speaking, a driver somehow failing to avoid a big rig on the shoulder during daylight hours is pretty concerning. However, a few sentences in the news hardly constitute the whole story. For all anyone knows right now, there were other issues involved that weren't accounted for or reported.

Visibility issues, a medical emergency, the truck protruding into traffic lanes, some other reckless driver forcing the victim off-course, problems or defects in the victim's vehicle, and many other possible factors can't be dismissed without proper consideration. Moreover, for injuries to be so quickly dismissed as "minor" is concerning since they may not have shown their true nature yet.

While folks may think those wrinkles will be ironed out in due time by police investigations, experience has taught me their reports aren't always complete or reliable enough for victims and families to learn the whole story. That's why independent investigations are so important after a truck wreck.

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