Virginia Barrientes, Others Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Ector County, TX
Ector County, TX -- September 19, 2022, Virginia Barrientes and others were hurt in an accident where an 18-wheeler and other cars crashed.
Officials said that the incident happened at around 4:05 p.m. along I-20 near mile marker 105.
Investigations said that 66-year-old Virginia Barrientes was in a Ford Escape traveling westbound on the interstate. From oncoming lanes, it appears an 18-wheeler somehow crashed into another vehicle, then careened across the median into westbound lanes. There, the 18-wheeler crashed with Barrientes and other vehicles.
Barrientes was said to have incapacitating injuries due to the crash. a Fort Rucker, Alabama man in a Chevy Cruze was said to have non-incapacitating injuries. At least five others may have been hurt, but this was not confirmed. The cause of the crash remains unclear.
Commentary on Virginia Barrientes 18-wheeler Accident in Ector County
An 18-wheeler losing control so dramatically is always concerning. This can happen due to something as simple as texting or speeding, but it's important to know all the facts. There can be unusual circumstances which require more thorough independent investigations to sort out properly for the victims and families.
For example, I handled a situation not long ago in which a truck driver crashed after falling asleep at the wheel. Our investigations showed he'd been driving for over 20 hours straight, which is blatantly dangerous, not to mention illegal. So why did he do something so reckless? That's where things took a more complicated turn.
We found that the company the man worked for routinely forced drivers to meet unreasonable deadlines. If drivers didn't cut corners to meet these ludicrous expectations, they risked losing their jobs. It was only a matter of time before someone got hurt, but that company just didn't give a damn.
Now, I can't say anything like that happened here without more thorough investigations. However, similar steps to be thorough could show there are complex issues which need to be addressed both to get the victims the help they need and to help prevent others from being victims in the future. Experience tells me those kinds of investigations are generally beyond the scope of police reports alone. Are more experienced professionals looking into these events?