Richard Bruce Killed, Mary Bruce Injured in Crash on US-67 near Ballinger, TX
Ballinger, TX — September 28, 2022, 73-year-old Richard Bruce died and 62-year-old Mary Bruce was injured in an auto accident on U.S. Highway 67 near Ballinger.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:20 p.m. on US-67, roughly five miles northeast of town. Preliminary investigation suggests suggests Richard Bruce was driving a Dodge pickup west on the highway when the truck reportedly crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. After entering the oncoming lane, the pickup collided head-on with an eastbound Dodge 3500 truck towing a homemade trailer.
Richard Bruce was fatally injured in the crash. His passenger Mary Bruce was taken to a San Angelo hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The other driver received non-incapacitating injuries and was also hospitalized.
Investigators say the Bruces were wearing seat belts and conditions were clear and dry at the time of the crash.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Richard and Mary Bruce Accident near Ballinger
Investigators believe the westbound pickup crossed left of center, but this early in their investigation they can't necessarily say why that might have happened. Commenters on news releases about the collision were quick to offer their own theories about driver distraction or losing control while speeding, but unfounded guesswork like that does far more harm than good.
As with virtually every accident, the best thing to do is investigate carefully and thoroughly. Every possible explanation for the truck crossing over, from driver mistakes like those mentioned above to poor road conditions (it may have been dry, but were its lanes clearly marked? Was there any loose debris or gravel on it?) to potential vehicle malfunctions or defects sending it off-course, should be evaluated. Even if all that does is rule some possibilities out, that's an integral part of learning the whole story.
The point here isn't to overcomplicate things or find a "bad guy" to blame. It's just important to learn the truth of what happened. The victims and their loved ones deserve no less. If there are any other steps to take beyond simply getting much-needed answers, that would depend on what those answers are.