• September 21, 2022

One Killed in Crossover Crash on Main Street in Gun Barrel City, TX

Gun Barrel City, TX — September 20, 2022, one person died in a multi-vehicle crossover accident on Main Street in Gun Barrel City.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:25 a.m. on Main Street (Highway 334) near Big Chief Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Escape was traveling east on the highway when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The vehicle passed through the center turn lane into westbound traffic, where it crashed into the side of a white van. The impact pushed the van into a nearby trailer, while the Ford continued east against traffic and crashed head-on with a Nissan pickup.

The Ford driver died at the scene. The Nissan driver received moderate injuries and was taken to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

One Killed in Crossover Crash on Main Street in Gun Barrel City, TX

Commentary on Crossover Crash on Main Street in Gun Barrel City

People tend to look at an incident like this where a vehicle runs into oncoming traffic and think that could only have happened if the driver made a mistake--speeding or looking at a phone instead of the road, for example.

It's true that driver errors cause a lot of wrecks like this one, but at the same time it's unfair to jump to conclusions like that. What if there's more to the story? For all anyone knows right now the Ford hit a bad patch of road and lost traction, or the driver had a heart attack, or some kind of catastrophic failure or defect in the SUV sent it off-course. Any number of things could have caused the crash, and until more definitive proof is found reaching any conclusions is premature.

So will police find the truth of what happened? I wish I could say yes without hesitation, but long experience has taught me that a) they're there to see if any specific laws were broken and b) to punish whoever broke them. They'll put together a rough sketch of what happened, but as far as digging up the details needed to help the victims a police investigation often comes up short. It may take a second set of eyes to find that crucial information.

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