Raymond Brahier Killed in 3-Truck Accident on US-54 in Sherman County, TX
Sherman County, TX — October 4, 2022, 46-year-old Raymond Brahier died in a crash between three big rigs on U.S. Highway 54 in Sherman County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:40 p.m. on US-54 near County Road 11. Preliminary investigation suggests Brahier was driving a Freightliner tractor-trailer southwest on the highway behind a Peterbilt 18-wheeler driven by 38-year-old Cesar Garcia-Gorral. Nearby, a second Freightliner driven by 53-year-old Buster Moody was headed northeast on the other side of the road.
Reports indicate Garcia-Gorral slowed to wait for Moody's truck to pass so he could turn left onto County Road 11. Brahier allegedly failed to control his Freightliner's speed and crashed into the back of the Peterbilt's trailer. The impact pushed the Peterbilt into the other Freightliner and its trailer.
Brahier, reportedly not wearing a seat belt at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene. Garcia-Gorral was treated and released and Moody was not injured.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Raymond Brahier Accident in Sherman County
People may read the reported details of this crash and think that, while tragic, it seems to be largely the doing of the driver who "failed to control speed" and rear-ended another truck. That's what police reported, and while I have no specific reason to doubt their word I've also learned over the years that it's best to take preliminary reports with a grain or two of salt.
I'm not saying it's impossible the victim simply made a mistake, but at the same time a full investigation should account for any other potential factors that might have influence or even caused the crash. Environmental factors like weather (cloudy) and road conditions (wet) could have played parts, the truck's brakes or steering could have been faulty, or for all anyone knows the driver who braked before his turn might have done so too suddenly for the victim to react. That's not to make any accusations, just to identify a potential factor that should be considered.
Unfortunately, in my experience police don't always have the time, tools, or training to dig deep and find all the facts. That's why in the interest of learning the whole truth I often recommend that independent experts get involved and connect any dots police don't get around to before they move on. In the end what matters most is getting answers for the victim's loved ones; anything beyond that would depend on what those answers turn out to be.