Allen Salas Killed in Crossover Accident on RM 2355 in Ward County, TX
Ward County, TX — September 29, 2022, driver Allen Salas was killed in a crossover collision on Ranch to Market Road 2355 in Ward County.
Authorities say the incident happened Friday along RM 2355 near mile marker 218. Preliminary investigation suggests Salas was eastbound on the road in a Toyota Camry when he allegedly tried to pass another vehicle in a curve. After entering the eastbound lanes Salas lost control of the car for unknown reasons and it spun out, then crashed into a westbound Freightliner tractor-trailer.
Salas was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was transported to an area hospital in stable condition.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Allen Salas Accident in Ward County
After a tragic accident like this I often find myself wondering whether the public and--more importantly--investigators will keep an open mind and consider all its potential factors. For some it's easy to see a driver lost control and crossed left of center, then conclude he did something wrong to get there. But what if that's not right or there's more to the story?
For instance, what if the driver wasn't trying to pass someone but instead just lost traction? Reports say his car spun out, but why? Was the road wet or covered in debris or gravel? Were the car's tires in good shape, with plenty of tread? If they were and the vehicle still skidded, might something in it have malfunctioned or been defective?
I'm not trying to overcomplicate things--just to point out that many accidents are more complicated than they may seem at first. Unfortunately police sometimes fall prey to seeking out a simple explanation and overlook crucial details on their way there, which is why it's often best to have independent experts with the time, training, and tools look again and sure all the blanks are filled. Will that happen here?