Peter Adameit Killed in Truck Accident on FM 1055 in Lamb County, TX
Lamb County, TX — September 2, 2022, 28-year-old Peter Adameit died when his truck rolled over him as he tried to repair it on FM 1055 in Lamb County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 a.m. on FM 1055. Preliminary investigation suggests Adameit pulled his Freightliner semi-truck onto the roadside and exited to work on an unspecified mechanical problem. According to reports he was underneath the truck's tractor when it somehow went into gear and rolled forward. It ran off the shoulder and hit a barbed wire fence, then became stuck in mud and stopped.
Adameit was run over by the rolling truck and became stuck underneath the front axle of the semi-trailer. He suffered fatal injuries.
No further information is currently available.
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UPDATE (October 13, 2022): News reports originally said the victim's truck overturned and one of its wheels fatally struck him; investigators later said the truck actually shifted gears somehow while he was under it. We have amended our narrative according to the newer information.
While police seem to have provided a few more answers about the circumstances of the accident, they also handed everyone many new questions. How did the truck start to roll? Was it put in park or neutral when the driver stopped? Was the gearbox the mechanical problem he stopped to check? Was the truck's emergency brake activated? If so, did it fail as well? How many things went wrong at once to allow the truck to move unexpectedly? Was the truck's owner aware of any of those issues before this tragic incident occurred?
If it seems callous to ask these questions, that's not my intention. It's just clearly a terrible shame that a man lost his life here, and since that damage can't be undone it at least seems important to properly understand how and why it occurred. Depending on what's learned, there may also be some major issues of accountability to address--both to see justice done for the victim's loved ones and also to stop someone's potential negligence from hurting anyone else. Only time and careful investigation could say if such steps are warranted, but I think it's best for everyone to find out.