• September 30, 2022

Errol Childs Killed, Two Injured in Auto Accident on I-59 in St. Tammany Parish, LA

St. Tammany Parish, LA — September 28, 2022, 38-year-old Errol Childs died and two people were injured in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 59 in St. Tammany Parish.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. along I-59 near the West Pearl River Bridge. Preliminary investigation suggests Childs was riding in a Toyota Tundra pickup headed north on the interstate when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The truck swerved off the road and struck a utility pole, then caught fire.

Childs was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup driver and another passenger were seriously injured and were taken to an area hospital.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Errol Childs Killed, Two Injured in Auto Accident on I-59 in St. Tammany Parish, LA

Commentary on Errol Childs Accident in St. Tammany Parish

On this blog I have long advocated for independent experts to look again at single-vehicle crashes and make sure no unusual or subtle details escaped notice. People tend to focus mostly (or exclusively) on the most common potential causes for a wreck like this--particularly driver mistakes, like falling asleep or texting instead of watching the road. Authorities also mentioned they would test for intoxication--another common cause of accidents like this one.

In some cases theories about operator errors are eventually confirmed, but to be clear they're far from the only possible explanation. I've seen many instances where something completely out of the driver's hands (poor road conditions, vehicle malfunctions or defects, blown tires, bad weather) were really to blame for what happened, and in those cases it's important to find those factors and ensure the victims aren't unfairly blames.

So soon after this tragic incident investigators should still be carefully considering the possibilities. The most important thing is to get clear answers for the victims and their loved ones; anything beyond that would depend on what those answers turn out to be.

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