• September 22, 2022

Four Injured in Crash on Williams-Ward Road in Springtown, TX

Springtown, TX — September 19, 2022, four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Williams-Ward Road in Springtown.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 4:15 p.m. on the 900 block of Williams-Ward. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Explorer was traveling north along the roadway at alleged high speeds with the driver lost control in a curve. The Explorer crossed left of center and crashed with a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup headed the other way. After the impact the SUV ran off the road and overturned, ejecting three passengers and coming to rest on its roof.

All four of the Ford's occupants, none of whom were reportedly wearing safety belts, were transported to area hospitals. The occupants of the Dodge were treated at the scene and released.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Four Injured in Crash on Williams-Ward Road in Springtown, TX

Commentary on Springtown Accident on Williams-Ward Rd

Crashes involving teen drivers, while just as serious as any other (or even more so), don't always get the careful investigation they deserve. That happens when people regard them mostly as tragic byproducts of inexperienced or potentially-reckless young people taking risks behind the wheel, prematurely pinning the blame on the drivers without waiting for the facts to come in.

Any driver can make a mistake, though statistically young drivers make more of them. Police seem to be leaning that direction by mentioning speeding, but the only way to know for sure what happened is to conduct a thorough investigation that accounts for all the possible factors. Things like dangerous road hazards, tire blowouts, or even vehicle defects may not be all that common, but they cause wrecks every day and can't be ignored when seeking the whole story.

Unfortunately, those are often overlooked when law enforcement, much like the public, focuses too tightly on common factors. Turning a blind eye to other possibilities can be a serious problem if someone is blamed for a wreck that was actually out of their hands. Will police invest appropriate time and care to ensure the full truth of this crash is learned?

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