• August 30, 2022

Kevin Hernandez Killed in 18-Wheeler Overturn Crash on I-20 in Nolan County, TX

UPDATE (August 31, 2022): Reports have identified the two people injured in this crash as truck driver Cheaney Kee, 33, and co-driver Kevin Lopez Hernandez, 27. Hernandez, asleep in the truck's sleeper berth when it overturned, was killed in the crash.

Nolan County, TX — August 29, 2022, one person died when an 18-wheeler overturned in severe weather on Interstate 20 in Nolan County.

Reports say the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. along I-20 near mile marker 232, west of Roscoe, during a heavy rain storm with strong winds. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a tractor-trailer was headed east in the area when it overturned due to the weather.

One of the truck's two occupants was killed in the crash. It is unclear if the other was injured.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.


Commentary on Truck Overturn Crash on I-20 near Roscoe

Aside from wondering whether there were any forecasts that could have helped the drivers or their employer plan a different route or driving window, it seems like this tragic accident may largely be blamed on the wind and rain tearing through the area at the time. However, it's still important to look into other possible factors as well to ensure the whole truth is known.

For instance, a detail that rarely gets the attention it deserves is whether a truck's rollover could reasonably have had less dire results. There's an unfortunate problem in the trucking industry when manufacturers cut corners and refuse to make improvements to their vehicles--improvements that would better protect the truck drivers in a wreck. In many cases big rigs that should be able to withstand a rollover crumple under their own weight due to shoddy manufacturing, resulting in people losing their lives when some design changes could have improved their chances of survival.

I'm not insinuating anything about the condition or quality of the truck that rolled over on I-20. I only know from long experience that those details are rarely considered when police, whose chief concern is just whether someone broke the law, are the only ones to investigate a crash--and when they already seem keen to throw Mother Nature under the bus in Nolan County. Click below to learn more.

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