• September 12, 2022

James Cox Ramey Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Clay County, AR

Clay County, TX -- September 9, 2022, James Cox Ramey was killed due to an accident where Ramey's vehicle and a semi-truck collided.

Authorities were called to the area of 6:30 a.m. along US 67 near Corning. It appears that 54-year-old James Cox Ramey was in a vehicle traveling southbound on the highway. Police say they believe that the car went into northbound lanes and hit a Freightliner.

Due to the collision, Ramey sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on James Cox Ramey Tractor-Trailer Accident in Clay County

While details like these seem pretty straight-forward, I try to remind folks that a deadly truck wreck is never so simple. It's important that there are thorough investigations to ensure unusual possible factors get attention, and it's even important to make sure police didn't outright make a mistake.

James Cox Ramey Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Clay County, AR

Not long ago, for example, a family came to me about a crash with similar details. A driver reportedly went over the center line and hit an 18-wheeler head-on. But as independent investigations proceeded. that turned out not to be true.

What actually happened was the 18-wheeler drier in that crash drifted over the center line, so the victim swerved left to avoid it. The truck driver, however, then veered back into their original lane where the vehicles collided. The officer in charge of the investigations was simply inexperienced and ill-equipped to properly process the scene. Had there not been more thorough investigations, the truth may never have come to light.

I'm not at all saying that happened here. It's possible, but so is a medical emergency. So is a mechanical defect. So are road hazards or a tire blowout or alcohol or some other reckless driver that left the scene. My point isn't to speculate; it's to ensure folks understand the importance of taking early details with a grain of salt until the victim's loved ones know they're getting the full story.

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