Kenneth Walker Killed in Truck Accident on Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches, TX
UPDATE (October 20, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as 61-year-old Kenneth Walker.
Nacogdoches, TX — October 19, 2022, one person died in a crash with a U-turning semi-truck on Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:55 a.m. on the 1700 block of SW Stallings. Preliminary investigation suggests that a Peterbilt semi-truck was pulling a car south when the driver attempted to make a U-turn from an improper lane. A southbound Peterbilt with a loaded log trailer was unable to avoid the U-turning truck and crashed into it.
The log truck's driver suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Kenneth Walker Accident in Nacogdoches
Most reputable trucking firms and responsible truck drivers realize the damage they can do if they U-turn on a highway; many firms even penalize their employees for trying it. Whether from knowledge of the risks or a desire to avoid those penalties, most drivers find somewhere else to turn around and trade convenience for safety.
So why'd the driver on Stallings take the risk? Were they just in that big a hurry, or is there more to the story? Were they properly trained and experienced? Was anything wrong with either truck? Any problems with visibility or road conditions in the area?
Some may feel given the crash description that there's little else to do but blame the driver who made the unsafe turn. However, ensuring that they and their employer actually get held accountable instead of finding a way out of it typically requires getting all the facts--and the evidence to back them up--through careful and thorough investigation. It's clear that someone should be held properly responsible for a negligent act that took a man's life in Nacogdoches; are police efforts enough for that, or should someone else help the victim's family get justice?