• August 31, 2022

Tony Ray Hatley Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Buffalo, TX

Buffalo, TX -- August 9, 2022, Tony Ray Hatley was killed due to an accident where a pickup crashed with an 18-wheeler.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 1:50 p.m. along I-45 near mile marker 179. It appears that 68-year-old Tony Ray Hatley was in a pickup traveling northbound along the interstate. Somehow, that vehicle crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler.

Tony Ray Hatley Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Buffalo, TX

Due to the collision, Hatley sustained fatal injuries. It appears no one else was injured in the crash. Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Tony Ray Hatley 18-wheeler Accident in Buffalo

Something that stood out to me in these reports is some confusion over which vehicle was "Unit 1." Now, the most likely explanation is the officer just slipped up while filling out the reports. But when someone loses their life, a discrepancy like that can be a much more serious sign that these reports aren't as thorough as one would hope.

I've handled hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks, and they simply aren't as reliable as victims and families need them to be. That's why it's important to understand where police often come up short and what folks can do to make up for those shortcomings. If nothing else, they deserve to know they're getting the full story.

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