• October 20, 2022

Child Killed, 4 Injured in Truck Accident on Highway 349 in Midland, TX

Midland, TX -- September 10, 2022, a child was killed and four were injured after an accident where a semi-truck and an SUV crashed.

Authorities said that the incident took place at around 8:47 p.m. along Highway 349 in the area of Craddick Highway.

Initial details said that a 29-year-old Odessa woman was in a Dodge Durango traveling along Craddick. At Highway 349, the vehicle somehow collided with a southbound 18-wheeler.

Due to the collision, a 5-year-old girl in the Dodge sustained fatal injuries. The Odessa woman and another young girl were said to have incapacitating injuries while the injuries of two teenagers in the vehicle were not made clear.

Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Child Killed in Truck Accident on Highway 349 in Midland

Right now, there isn't really clear information to say what went wrong here. My caution to folks would be to avoid jumping to conclusions even with statements from the authorities. They aren't always telling the whole story.

Child Killed, 4 Injured in Truck Accident on Highway 349 in Midland, TX

Let me give an example. A while back, there was this crash out in West Texas where police said a guy ran a stop sign, and a truck t-boned him, killing him. Weeks later, however, more thorough investigations revealed something unusual.

It turned out that TxDOT had removed stop signs at that crossing while working, but they forgot to replace the signs when they left. So how exactly did the victim run a stop sign that wasn't even there?

I know that's a rather unusual situation, but there are all kinds of extenuating factors which could come to light after a thorough independent investigation. Are steps being taken to ensure the family involved here knows they're getting the whole story?

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