• August 26, 2022

Bradley Ritchie Killed in Service Truck Rollover Crash on US-60 in Gray County, TX

Gray County, TX — August 24, 2022, 31-year-old Bradley Ritchie died when a service truck driver lost control and rolled over on US-60 in Gray County.

According to reports the incident happened around 5:05 p.m. on eastbound US-60. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford service truck was headed east in a construction zone when the driver lost control, which he told investigators was due to a problem with the front steering axle. He was unable to steer and the truck spun, entered a side-skid, and then rolled over onto its right side. It then slid off the road and came to rest partially in the south ditch.

Ritchie, a passenger in the truck, died at the scene. The driver reportedly sustained minor injuries.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Bradley Ritchie Accident in Gray County

The driver said the vehicle's wheels locked up on him while it was in motion. Police didn't say whether they believed him or not, but a claim like that must always be carefully investigated. Not only is it important not to blame the driver for something out of his hands, but an issue like that must be identified because the truck's maker may need to take swift action to prevent further injuries and deaths.

Put simply, some vehicles make it onto the road despite glaring oversights in their design and manufacture. Technology is reasonably available to help maintain the structural integrity of a vehicle's cabin during a rollover, for instance, but many companies have chosen not to implement the needed changes. That saves their bottom line some strain without the cost of redesign and retooling their factories, but it comes at the expense of customer and public safety.

People may think I'm being melodramatic, but as I write this Ford Motors is in the middle of recalling almost half a million vehicles due to concerns about rupturing brake lines. I'm not pointing fingers at them for faulty rollover protection too, but almost no manufacturer is immune from at least some safety concerns in their product line. If something happened that realistically shouldn't have in Gray County and a man lost his life as a result, isn't that something that needs to be called out so appropriate followup steps can be taken?

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