• October 11, 2022

Child Dies, 10 Injured in SUV Rollover Crash on Interstate 10 in Beaumont, TX

Beaumont, TX — October 9, 2022, a child died and ten other people were injured when a Chevy Trailblazer rolled over on Interstate 10 in Beaumont.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:45 a.m. on westbound I-10. Preliminary investigation suggests 36-year-old Jamel Madison was driving the Trailblazer west in the outside lane when a second vehicle of unknown make or model may have cut him off. Madison swerved to avoid it and crashed into a concrete barrier, causing the Chevy to roll over.

An 11-year-old passenger in the Trailblazer was pronounced dead at the scene. Madison, 35-year-old passenger Tracey Moseley, and 8 other juvenile passengers ages 3 to 16 were injured. Three were airlifted to an area hospital and seven were taken by ambulance to another hospital.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jamel Madison Accident on I-10 in Beaumont

If reports have their facts straight this seems like a tragic and brutal incident. If another vehicle cut the victims off and triggered the mayhem that followed I hope authorities find some kind of lead--witnesses, camera footage from a business near the highway, etc--that help them track down that vehicle and its driver. Everyone responsible for the damage done to the victims should be held accountable.

It may seem a little odd to use the word "everyone" if a single driver that left the scene seems to be the culprit, but there may be other things to consider as well. For instance, I wonder if the Trailblazer's safety features worked as intended during the rollover.

Child Dies; Jame Madison, Tracey Moseley, 8 Kids Injured in SUV Rollover Crash on I-10 in Beaumont, TX

News reports don't say one way or the other and I have no specific reason to think anything in the vehicle failed, but the years have shown me countless instances where something that should have protected a crash victim didn't. Seat belts didn't lock, airbags didn't deploy, traction control countermeasures didn't activate...things whose sole purpose is to keep a crash from getting worse than it had to didn't work in those crucial moments. When that happens the people who made and installed them should answer for why their products failed.

So did the Trailblazer's safety measures work as intended? Only further careful investigation could say. I only hope that police will invest the time and care (and have the training) to look properly into it. If there are doubts about that, maybe independent experts should step in to handle things.

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