Teens Killed, Adult Injured in US-180 Crossover Crash in Fisher County, TX
Fisher County, TX — August 27, 2022, two teenagers were killed and an adult was injured in a fiery head-on collision on U.S. Highway 180 in Fisher County.
Reports say the incident happened around 6:15 a.m. on US-180. Preliminary investigation suggests a 17-year-old was driving a car east on the highway when he allegedly crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. The car then collided head-on with a westbound SUV, after which both vehicles caught fire.
The teen driver and his 14-year-old passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. The SUV driver was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Fisher County Crossover Accident on US-180
Crashes involving teenagers, while obviously tragic, don't always get the careful investigation they deserve because folks unfairly assume young drivers are reckless by nature. That means they're often blamed for these accidents and people move on without much further thought.
It's true that inexperienced drivers can make some unfortunate and costly mistakes, and that possibility can't be ignored in the Fisher County accident. However, the only way to know for sure what happened is to conduct a careful and thorough investigation that accounts for all the possibilities. Things like dangerous road hazards, tire blowouts, or even vehicle defects may not be all that common, but they still happen all the time and they can't be written off without proper evaluation.
Things like defects or environmental hazards are often overlooked because law enforcement focuses primarily on the people involved in a crash and whether anyone should be charged. Turning a blind eye to other potential factors can be a serious problem if someone is blamed for a wreck that was in reality completely out of their hands.