Winford Grant Killed in Truck Accident on FM 2186 in Randall County, TX
Randall County, TX — October 10, 2022, 82-year-old Winford Grant died in a collision with a dump truck on Farm to Market Road 2186 in Randall County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:30 p.m. along FM 2186 west of Amarillo. Preliminary investigation suggests Grant was driving a Chevy Silverado truck west on the road when he started to make a left turn. He allegedly failed to yield to an approaching dump truck carrying hot asphalt and the vehicles crashed in the roadway. After the impact the dump truck overturned and Grant's truck caught fire.
Witnesses rescued Grant from the truck before it combusted. He was transported from the scene to an area hospital where he died a short time later. The dump truck driver was treated and released at the scene.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Winford Grant Accident in Randall County
Police say the victim in this accident turned into the path of the approaching truck; while I have no specific reason to doubt them, I also can't help but wonder if that's really all there is to the story.
I doubt the victim crossed into the dump truck's path intentionally, so it's important to find out exactly how and why that happened. Was the victim distracted or incapacitated somehow when he turned? Did he use his signal? Did something block his view of the oncoming dump truck? How fast was that truck traveling when it hit the pickup? Was anything mechanically wrong or defective in either of the trucks? Is it possible the pickup just unintentionally swerved rather than turning? If so, why? Did it blow a tire? What were weather and road conditions at the time?
That's just a handful of many questions that still need answers in pursuit of the whole story. A man lost his life here, and surely that merits a careful and thorough investigation, yet I worry that police in their hurry to move on may just conclude he failed to yield and think little more about it. If that "explanation" doesn't satisfy the victim's loved ones, maybe independent experts could do a better job connecting the dots.